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Kikuchi's Disease

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Histiocytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis
  • HNL
  • Kikuchi's Histiocytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis
  • Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease
  • Necrotizing Lymphadenitis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Kikuchi's disease, also known as histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenopathy, is a rare, benign, (noncancerous, nonmalignant) disorder of the lymph nodes of young adults, predominantly of young women. This disorder is often mistaken for malignant lymphoma, especially cervical adenopathy because the symptoms are very similar. The lesions, or tissue anomalies, of this disorder cause the lymph nodes to become enlarged (lymphadenopathy), inflamed and painful. The exact cause of Kikuchi's disease is not known. Perhaps the primary threat is a misdiagnosis of a malignant lymphoma.

Resources

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Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
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Last Updated:  3/31/2008
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