What Are the Symptoms of Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease?

Q:
What are the symptoms of Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease?

A:
Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease is a very rare disease. It is more common among Japanese or other Asian people. It is also called the histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis because it affects the lymph nodes. The causes of this disease have not been defined. The general symptoms may include:

  • mild fever
  • skin rashes
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • enlargement in the lymph nodes

Less common symptoms include joint pains, nausea and vomiting. The symptoms of Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease resemble those of the following diseases:

  • Burkitt’s lymphoma
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Malignant lymphoma

Consult your doctor if you are not sure whether you are infected with the Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease.

Key words: Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease; symptoms; histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis.

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