What is the morbidity and mortality associated with Kikuchi disease?

Updated: Nov 13, 2020
  • Author: John Boone, MD; Chief Editor: Sara J Grethlein, MD, FACP  more...
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The course of Kikuchi disease is generally benign and self-limited. Lymphadenopathy most often resolves over several weeks to 6 months, although the disease occasionally persists longer. The disease recurs in about 3% of cases. Four deaths have been reported, from hemophagocytic syndrome and severe infection, pulmonary hemorrhage, acute heart failure, and multiorgan failure and disseminated intravascular coagulation. [23]


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