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Old 03-03-2012
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Question Painful vs. Painless Lymphadenopathy

Can anyone tell me if a question stem states painful or painless lymphadenopathy, what does that mean in terms of diagnoses?
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pain indicates inflammatory condition and painless indicates malignant contitions either primary or metastasis.
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-painful lymphadenopathy is usually inflammation due to infection (tonsilitis or infectious mononucleosis) or chronic infl dz (SLE). Painless lymfadenopathy is malignancy (breast cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma/leukemia, Follicular lymphoma).
-lymphadenopathy could be categorized by being localized vs. systemic or reactive vs. infiltrative (look at the pic given, you can't miss it)
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Acc to pathoma - Painful LAD - Acute infection
Painless - Metastatic ca , Lymphoma or CHRONIC inflammation(chronic lymphadenitis)
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