Kikuchi Disease Questions & Answers

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: John Boone, MD; Chief Editor: Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, FRCP, FACP  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is Kikuchi disease?

What is the pathophysiology of Kikuchi disease?

Which geographic areas have the highest prevalence of Kikuchi disease?

What is the morbidity and mortality associated with Kikuchi disease?

What are the racial predilections of Kikuchi disease?

What are the sexual predilections of Kikuchi disease?

Which age groups have the highest prevalence of Kikuchi disease?

Presentation

What are the signs and symptoms of Kikuchi disease?

Which physical findings are characteristic of Kikuchi disease?

DDX

What are common misdiagnoses of Kikuchi disease?

How is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) differentiated from Kikuchi disease?

Which conditions are included in the differential diagnoses of Kikuchi disease?

What are the differential diagnoses for Kikuchi Disease?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the workup of Kikuchi disease?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of Kikuchi disease?

What is the role of biopsy in the workup of Kikuchi disease?

What are the histologic phases of Kikuchi disease?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of Kikuchi disease?

What are the histologic differences between Kikuchi disease and lymphoma?

What are the histologic differences between Kikuchi disease and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?

Treatment

How is Kikuchi disease treated?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of Kikuchi disease?

Which medications in the drug class Immunosuppressants are used in the treatment of Kikuchi Disease?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Kikuchi Disease?

Follow-up

What is the prognosis of Kikuchi disease?