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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-17

Clinical approach to Lymphadenopathy

1 Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
2 Department of Medicine, King Khalid University, Hospital & College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Abdullah A Abba
Department of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria, Kaduna State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0331-3131.100201

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Lymphadenopathy (LAP) is a common clinical finding that may be localized, limited or generalized. The enlargement of a lymph node, due to primary disease or secondary cause, is of concern to both patients and clinicians, particularly, if the underlying pathology is a malignant disease. Lymph node aspiration or biopsy for histopathological evaluation may not reveal the diagnosis due to several factors. However, a methodological approach to LAP can disclose the accurate diagnosis with minimal discomfort to the patient and in a short time. In this review article, we provide evidence-based clinical evaluation of LAP, guided by the probability of the underlying disease to assist clinicians in establishing the proper cause and hence offer appropriate management.

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