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J Family Med Prim Care. 2018 Jan-Feb;7(1):255-256. doi: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_162_17.

Necrotizing lymphadenitis: If not tuberculosis then what?

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Department of Family Medicine, Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India.


We present a rare case of Kikuchi disease in a young lady presenting with fever and cervical lymphadenopathy. Clinically, the disease mimics tuberculosis and lymphoma. Lymph node biopsy is diagnostic and treatment is symptomatic. Although tuberculosis is endemic, clinicians should be aware of uncommon conditions as early recognition of the disease will minimize unnecessary evaluation and treatment.


Kikuchi disease; necrotizing lymphadenitis; tuberculosis

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