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Case Report
36 (
); 169-170

Kikuchi – Fujimoto disease presenting as FUO in an adolescent girl

Department of Pediatrics, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, Karnataka, India
Department of Pathology, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, Karnataka, India
Corresponding author: Vinod H. Ratageri, Department of Pediatrics, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, Karnataka, India.
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How to cite this article: Sahana BK, Ratageri VH, Reddy P. Kikuchi – Fujimoto disease presenting as FUO in an adolescent girl. Karnataka Paediatr J 2021;36:169-70.


Kikuchi – Fujimoto disease is a rare usually self-limiting disease mainly reported in Asian population. Herein we are reporting same disease in a 16-year-old child who presented with FUO.


Kikuchi – Fujimoto disease


Kikuchi – Fujimoto disease is a rare usually self-limiting disease mainly reported in the Asian population.[1,2] The etiology is unknown, although viral and bacterial causes have been postulated.[1] Autoimmune diseases such as Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have also been associated.[1-8] The patients present with fever of unknown origin but more often presents with unilateral cervical adenitis, fever, malaise, elevated ESR atypical lymphocytosis, and leukopenia.[3] Usual age group is 8–16 years. The lymphadenopathy can mimic lymphoma. Herein we are reporting a 16-year-old who presented with fever, lymphadenopathy, and pancytopenia, turned out to be Kikuchi – Fujimoto disease.


Sixteen-year-old female presented with fever for 3 months on and off and swelling over the neck for the past 15 days. There was no loss of appetite, bleeding manifestations, no bony tenderness. And no h/o contact with tuberculosis. On examination found to have matted cervical lymph nodes. Per abdomen revealed mild splenomegaly. Rest of the systemic examination was normal. Visited multiple private hospitals for fever and evaluated and found only persistent leucopenia before coming to our hospital. Here, complete hemogram showed pancytopenia. ESR was elevated. Sputum for AFB was negative. RAT test was non-reactive, ANA was negative, EBV and SARS-CoV-2 IgG was not done. FNAC of lymph nodes showed reactive lymphadenitis. Chest X-ray and CT chest were normal. USG abdomen and CT abdomen showed mild splenomegaly. Bone marrow aspiration was done for the evaluation of pancytopenia and showed normocellular normoblastic erythroid marrow with increase in megakaryocytes.Started on a course of antibiotics. Lymph node biopsy done. The histopathological examination revealed the following features [Figures 1 and 2], Altered architecture of lymph node with pericapsular infiltration of lymphoid cells, areas of fibrinoid necrosis containing nuclear dust, surrounded by histiocytes and plasma cells, vessels show mild thickening, which is suggestive of Kikuchi – Fujimoto lymphadenitis. No additional immunohistochemical stains performed.

Figure 1:: Histopathology showing altered architecture of lymph node ×200.
Figure 2:: Histopathology showing nuclear dust with Histiocytes ×400. Black arrow: Cresentic histiocytes.

Our child with improved with symptomatic therapy and followed up for last 3 months doing well.


Kikuchi – Fujimoto lymphadenitis also known as histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis is a rare disease affecting the Asian population can present as fever of unknown origin with or without lymphadenopathy.[2] Might have cutaneous lesions also along with malaise arthralgia. Lymphoma, tuberculosis, and SLE has to be ruled out before diagnosing the condition. Biopsy of the lymphnode aids in diagnosis and histiocytes are positive for myeloperoxidase[2,5,6] and CD68.[5,6] The condition is usually benign. The diagnosis is by lymph node biopsy. Kikuchi – Fujimoto disease usually resolves within 6 months although relapses have occurred up to 16 years. Patients with severe symptoms require therapy with steroids.[1,2,3] Our child improved with symptomatic therapy without requiring steroids.


Kikuchi – Fujimoto has to be kept in mind especially in adolescent age group presenting with fever and lymphadenopathy. As condition mimics TB and lymphoma excision biopsy and histopathological examination is needed for diagnosis. Steroids are of benefit in patients with severe symptoms.

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