Necrotizing Lymphadenitis (Kikuchi Disease) Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is necrotizing lymphadenitis (Kikuchi disease)?

This is a rare disease that more commonly affects young people. It presents with swelling of the neck lymph nodes and fever. The exact cause is unclear, but may be due to infection or reaction of the body's own immune system.

Symptoms of necrotizing lymphadenitis (Kikuchi disease)

  • Swollen lymph nodes, usually small swellings at the neck, armpits, groin and behind the ears

  • Fever

  • Swelling around the front and sides of the neck

  • Repeated episodes of fever above 100.4°F / 38°C

  • Fatigue

Questions your doctor may ask to check for necrotizing lymphadenitis (Kikuchi disease)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose necrotizing lymphadenitis (Kikuchi disease)

  • Do you feel your lymph nodes are swollen and enlarged?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have swelling around neck?

  • Have you had repeated fevers of 100.4°F / 38°C or higher?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

Treatment for necrotizing lymphadenitis (Kikuchi disease)

The condition typically resolves on its own and treatment is mainly supportive. Medications can be used to treat symptoms of fever as well as lymph node tenderness.

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