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)
- Loss of apetite
These systemic symptoms are also known as B symptoms.