Which physical findings are characteristic of lymphangitis?

Updated: Dec 17, 2018
  • Author: Raymond D Pitetti, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Upon clinical examination, erythematous and irregular linear streaks extend from the primary infection site toward draining regional nodes. These streaks may be tender and warm. Other characteristics can include the following:

  • The primary site may be an abscess, an infected wound, or an area of cellulitis

  • Blistering of the affected skin may occur

  • Lymph nodes associated with the infected lymphatic channels are often swollen and tender

  • Patients may be febrile and tachycardic


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