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Multicentric Castleman Disease


Other Names for this Disease
  • Idiopathic multicentric Castleman's disease
  • MCD
  • Multicentric angiofollicular ganglionic hyperplasia
  • Multicentric angiofollicular lymph hyperplasia
  • Multicentric Castleman's disease
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Overview

Multicentric Castleman disease (MCD) is a rare condition that affects the lymph nodes and related tissues. It is a form of Castleman disease that is "systemic" and affects multiple sets of lymph nodes and other tissues throughout the body (as opposed to unicentric Castleman disease which has more "localized" effects). The signs and symptoms of MCD are often nonspecific and blamed on other, more common conditions. They can vary but may include fever; weight loss; fatigue; night sweats; enlarged lymph nodes; nausea and vomiting; and an enlarged liver or spleen. The eact underlying cause is unknown. Treatment may involve immunotherapy, chemotherapy, corticosteroid medications and/or anti-viral drugs.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 6/25/2015

References

  1. Castleman Disease. American Cancer Society. July 2014; http://www.cancer.org/cancer/castlemandisease/detailedguide/index.
  2. Neetu Radhakrishnan, MD. Castleman Disease. Medscape Reference. January 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2219018-overview.
  3. Jon C Aster, MD; Jennifer R Brown, MD, PhD; Nikhil C Munshi, MD. Multicentric Castleman's disease. UpToDate. January 2015; Accessed 6/25/2015.
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Basic Information

  • The American Cancer Society provides detailed information about Multicentric Castleman Disease. Click on the link to access this information. 
  • MayoClinic.com provides an information page for this topic. Click on the link to view this information.
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Idiopathic multicentric Castleman's disease
  • MCD
  • Multicentric angiofollicular ganglionic hyperplasia
  • Multicentric angiofollicular lymph hyperplasia
  • Multicentric Castleman's disease
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