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Symptoms of Hodgkins Lymphoma

Painless, enlarged lymph nodes, often occurring in the neck, are the most common sign of Hodgkins lymphoma.

  • Chest lymph nodes when affected, may be observed on a chest X-ray.
  • Some people with Hodgkins find that their affected nodes become painful after alcohol consumption. This is a however a rare phenomenon.
  • Enlargement of the spleen, or spleenomegaly, is seen in approximately 30% of individuals with Hodgkins lymphoma.
  • In 5% of the patients enlarged liver (or hepatomegaly) is another symptom.
  • A cyclic high-grade fever, known as Pel-Ebstein fever, is reported among some, although there is an ongoing debate as to whether this fever really exists
  • Other systemic symptoms, observed in one-third of the affected individuals are -

- Low-grade fever

- Night sweats

- Unexplained weight loss (losing more than 10% of the body's weight in six months)

- Itchy skin (pruritus)

- Fatigue

- Loss of apetite

These systemic symptoms are also known as B symptoms.


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leila Sunday, December 21, 2008

i m going to marry with a guy that had this cancer and had stem cell tarnsplant too.i want to know that is there any danger again?i mean after BMT is it possible to come back ? thanks.

guest Thursday, December 20, 2007

wonderful animation ...but could i use it fr my presentation please...@ NIH

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