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Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease in a 30-Year-Old Caucasian Female

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Author(s): David J. Archibald | Matthew L. Carlson | Ray O. Gustafson

Journal: International Journal of Otolaryngology
ISSN 1687-9201

Volume: 2009;
Date: 2009;
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ABSTRACT
Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease is a rare, self-limited, histiocytic, necrotizing lymphadenitis first described in Japan in 1972. Necrosis of lymph node tissue is caused by apoptosis and may be virally induced. It commonly presents with cervical lymphadenitis and fever. Despite its low incidence, Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease should be considered in patients with persistent lymphadenopathy. Originally thought to occur only in young Asian women, it is now recognized in other geographic regions. We report a 30-year-old white woman with Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease. We discuss the clinical features, differential diagnosis, radiography, pathology, and outcome.
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