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Cervical lymphadenopathy secondary to Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease in a child: Case report

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June 1, 2008
by Steven P. Chase, MD, Jerry W. Templer, MD, Ronald Miick, MD, and Alberto A. Diaz-Arias, MD


While most cases of cervical lymphadenopathy resolve with conservative management, persistent adenopathy can lead to costly investigations and invasive treatments. One cause of persistent adenopathy, as well as a variety of other associated systemic symptoms, is Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease (histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis). This rare entity can be diagnosed only by excisional biopsy on the basis of its characteristic histologic appearance. We describe a case of persistent cervical lymphadenopathy secondary to Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease in an 11-year-old girl.

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