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Baffled with fever and lymphadenopathy: neither infection nor malignancy, think Kikuchi disease
  1. Ali Hussain1,
  2. Mohsin Gondal2,
  3. Hira Yousuf3 and
  4. Mubashar Iqbal4
  1. 1Acute Medicine, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, Kingston upon Hull, UK
  2. 2Cardiology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  3. 3Oncology, Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield, UK
  4. 4Respiratory, Sheffield Teaching Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ali Hussain; ali.hussain14{at}


Kikuchi disease is a rare, benign condition of unknown aetiology, which usually involves young women and is characterised by cervical lymphadenopathy and fever. Herein, we are reporting a case of a young Asian woman, who presented with fever and lymphadenopathy raising possibility of either infection or malignancy but after appropriate clinical investigations including lymph node biopsy, it turned out to be Kikuchi disease. She made an uneventful complete recovery with only symptomatic treatment.

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  • Contributors Dr AH is directly involved in active management and diagnosis of patient. Drs MG, HY and MI helped in editing manuscript and searching the published data on Kikuchi disease and final review of the case for any mistakes.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.