A rare cause of lymphadenopathy in a young woman: the Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease

BJH - volume 4, issue 2, june 2013

E. Philipse MD, T. Martens MD, A. Bufi MD, M. Kockx MD, P. Zachée MD, PhD, K. Wu MD, PhD


A 16-year-old Moroccan woman was referred to our centre because of bilateral cervical lymphadenopathy, high fever and weight loss. A malignant lymphoma was suspected in the lymph node biopsy. Histopathologic review of the lymph node biopsy showed extensive necrosis and nuclear debris with no viable remaining cells. A new lymph node biopsy was performed and the diagnosis of histiocytic necrotising lymphadenitis (Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease) was made. This is a rare, benign and self-limiting disease that mainly affects young women.

BELG J HEMATOL 2013;4(2):66–69)

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