Thursday, June 21, 2012

Challenge


Here's a challenging case of a disease first described in 1972.

A 30 year old previously healthy woman presents with a low grade fever and fatigue for a week. Physical exam shows posterior cervical lymphadenopathy localized to one side and the rash shown above. The lymph nodes are 1-2cm in diameter, firm, smooth, discrete, and mobile. Labs show leukopenia and an elevated ESR. The following tests are negative: ANA, RF, EBV, CMV, HIV, and toxoplasmosis. She has no cat contact and has not been scratched (I knew you were thinking it). A biopsy of a lymph node is shown below.


Challenge: Luckily, this diagnosis is benign and resolves after 1-4 months. What is it?

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2 comments:

tree said...

Kikuchi disease

Craig Chen said...

wow! nice job :):)
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Challenge

This is Kikuchi’s disease, also called Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease and Kikuchi’s histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis, a rare benign condition of cervical lymphadenitis and fever.

Sources: UpToDate; Wikipedia; dermatlas.med.jhmi.edu.