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Cervical lymphadenitis in Adult
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Cervical lymphadenitis in Adult

Contributors: Benjamin L. Mazer MD, MBA, Christine Osborne MD
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Synopsis

Cervical lymphadenitis refers to inflammation or enlargement of the cervical lymph nodes. Lymph node enlargement is secondary to a reactive process or infection in the region drained by the cervical lymph nodes or due to cellular duplication within the lymph node. Physical examination may reveal fever, tender cervical lymphadenopathy, erythema overlying the involved lymph node, neck pain, neck stiffness, or torticollis.

Common risk factors include symptoms of an upper respiratory infection such as rhinorrhea, coryza, conjunctivitis, fever, or earache, recent dental work, poor dentition / oral hygiene, or contact with animals such as kittens or livestock.

Careful history and physical exam of the neck for unilateral or bilateral enlargement and other nodes for enlargement is an important first step in establishing an underlying cause.

Codes

ICD10CM:
I88.9 – Nonspecific lymphadenitis, unspecified

SNOMEDCT:
3502005 – Cervical lymphadenitis

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Last Updated:09/16/2015
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Cervical lymphadenitis in Adult
A medical illustration showing key findings of Cervical lymphadenitis : Fever, Neck pain, Neck mass, Tender lymphadenopathy
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A close-up of a draining, ulcerated, scarred plaque on the neck (scrofuloderma).
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