What are common misdiagnoses of Kikuchi disease?

Updated: Nov 13, 2020
  • Author: John Boone, MD; Chief Editor: Sara J Grethlein, MD, FACP  more...
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The main diagnostic problems encountered by clinicians and histopathologists is distinguishing Kikuchi disease from malignant lymphoma and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In Dorfman and Berry's series, 40% of patients with Kikuchi disease were initially misdiagnosed as having lymphoma and were consequently overtreated with chemotherapy. [7] This pitfall remains an active source of diagnostic error.


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