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DEFENITION

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DIAGNOSIS

Diagnosis : Lymphadenopathy
Lymphadenopathy or also know as lymphadenitis
Lymph nodes located along the course of the lymphatic channels also becomes
enlarged, red and tender it is acute lymphadenitis. They can become necrotic and form
an abscess then it is called suppurative lymphadenitis. The nodes involved most often
are those in the groin, axilla, or cervical region.
Reference : Reference: Bare, B.G., Smeltzer, S.C., Hinkle, J.L., Cheever, K.H. (2010).
Brunner Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. Philadelphia,
Generalised lymphadenopathy can be defined as enlargement of more than two noncontiguous lymph node groups. Lymph nodes have a considerable capacity to increase
in size. Their size depends on the individual's age, their location and any immune
activity in which they may be involved.
Most generalised lymphadenopathy is due to benign self-limited disease, such as viral
or bacterial infection but it can be caused by a wide range of conditions
Reference : Chau I, Kelleher MT, Cunningham D, et al; Rapid access multidisciplinary
lymph node diagnostic clinic: analysis of 550 Br J Cancer. 2003 Feb 10;88(3):354-61.
From http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/generalised-lymphadenopathy

Lymphadenopathy refers to lymph nodes which are abnormal in size, number or


consistency [1] and is often used as a synonym for swollen or enlarged lymph nodes.
Common causes of lymphadenopathy are infection, autoimmune disease,
or malignancy.
Inflammation as a cause of lymph node enlargement is known as lymphadenitis
Reference : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymphadenopathy