Multicentric Castleman Disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Idiopathic multicentric Castleman's disease
- Multicentric plasma cell variant of Castleman's disease
- Plasmablastic multicentric Castleman disease
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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.Multicentric Castleman disease (MCD) is a rare condition that affects the
Last updated: 6/25/2015
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- The American Cancer Society provides detailed information about Multicentric Castleman Disease. Click on the link to access this information.
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