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Kikuchi-Fujimoto Lymphadenitis: A case of misdiagnosed breast cancer

Jillian W. Wong, Theresa L. Werner

Am J Case Rep 2011; 12:80-82

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.881857


Abstract: Background: Kikuchi-Fujimoto Lymphadenitis, also known as histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis, is a benign, rare, and self-limiting disease that mainly affects young Asian women.
Case Report: We present a case of a 35-year-old Caucasian female with painful unilateral axillary lymphadenopathy. The patient was initially diagnosed with breast cancer based on her clinical presentation and initial pathology review of her lymph nodes.
Conclusions: However, after a series of imaging to exclude a primary neoplastic source and metastasis, and upon expert hematopathologic review of her lymph nodes, the patient was diagnosed with Kikuchi-Fujimoto Lymphadenitis.

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