What are the histologic phases of Kikuchi disease?

Updated: Nov 13, 2020
  • Author: John Boone, MD; Chief Editor: Sara J Grethlein, MD, FACP  more...
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The three histologic phases of Kikuchi disease are as follows [6] :

  • Proliferative phase – Initial phase with typical findings as noted in Procedures

  • Necrotizing phase – Extensive necrosis that may destroy the normal architecture of the lymph node

  • Xanthomatous ("foamy cell") phase – The recovery phase with resolution of necrosis

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