Chronic Generalized Lymphadenopathy in a Child—Progressive Transformation of Germinal Centers (PTGC)

Carson Wills, Katherine Mercer, Jozef Malysz, Lidys Rivera Galvis, Chandrika Gowda

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Abstract

Background: Enlarged lymph nodes are a common complaint in a Pediatrician’s office. Diagnosis of reactive lymphadenopathy secondary to infectious, inflammatory, immune dysregu-lation calls for clinical investigation, including a thorough history, physical exam, imaging, and less often, a biopsy of the lymph node. Here we discuss a rare presentation of extensive generalized, chronic, waxing, and waning lymphadenopathy diagnosed as Progressive Transformation of Germinal Centers (PTGC) and the course of illness over eight years follow up period. Discussion: Progressive Transformation of Germinal Centers (PTGC) is considered a benign condition, but extensive recurrent generalized lymphadenopathy in a very young child has not been reported before. This case demonstrates the importance of long-term follow-up and tailoring the diagnostic work-up and management based on new signs and symptoms. Here we focus on the clinical considera-tions and management of complex presentation of a common clinical finding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number214
JournalChildren
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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