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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574

Abstract

ANTEL, K  and  VERBURGH, E. Lymphadenopathy in a tuberculosis-endemic area: Diagnostic pitfalls and suggested approach. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2019, vol.109, n.10, pp.712-714. ISSN 2078-5135.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/samj.2019.v109i10.14361.

Lymphadenopathy is a common presenting complaint, or it may be an incidental finding during examination of a patient. This review focuses on the diagnostic difficulty, common misconceptions and tests that can be applied in the investigation of lymphadenopathy. A diagnostic approach is suggested with regard to the most important causes of peripheral, persistent (>3 weeks) and significant (>1 cm) lymphadenopathy, i.e. tuberculosis, lymphoma and disseminated malignancy.

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