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Other Names for this Disease
- Histiocytic necrotising lymphadenitis
- Kikuchi necrotizing lymphadenitis
- Kikuchi's disease
- Kikuchi-Fujimoto's disease
- Nosocomial Kikuchi's disease
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lymphadenopathy (tender, swollen lymph nodes), mild fever, and night sweats. Less frequent symptoms include weight loss, nausea, vomiting, and sore throat. While the exact cause of this condition is unknown, infectious and autoimmune causes have been proposed. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive and may include pain relievers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) drugs and, rarely, corticosteroids. Most cases resolve spontaneously within 1 to 6 months.Kikuchi disease is a benign (non-cancerous), acute disorder of the lymph nodes that is usually seen in younger women. It is characterized by cervical
Last updated: 4/6/2011
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