Tuberculosis mimicking Kikuchi's disease

M. Panduranga Kamath, Kiran Bhojwani, Ramdas Naik, Rajiv Kumar, Yeshwanth Chakravarthy

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Kikuchi's disease is an idiopathic self-limiting necrotizing lymphadenitis. Clinically, it mimics tuberculous cervical lymphadenopathy. The disease is diagnosed by histopathologic study. The only specific treatment that has been reported is empiric steroid therapy. We report a case of tuberculosis that was originally thought to be Kikuchi's disease in a 24-year-old man. When the patient's condition worsened during a course of steroid therapy, he underwent surgical exploration, which revealed the presence of tuberculous lymphadenitis. The patient was switched to antituberculosis drug therapy, and his improvement was dramatic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-128
Number of pages3
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2006
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Kamath, M. P., Bhojwani, K., Naik, R., Kumar, R., & Chakravarthy, Y. (2006). Tuberculosis mimicking Kikuchi's disease. Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, 85(2), 126-128.