The clinical evaluation of lymphadenopathy

Christina M. Hines, Eugene C. Toy, Benton Baker

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The evaluation of lymphadenopathy is a diagnostic challenge for the primary care physician because of the expansive differential diagnosis, including both benign and malignant conditions. In most cases, the history and physical examination provide enough information to identify a specific etiology. When the diagnosis is uncertain, selective laboratory tests are warranted. The most important imaging test is the chest radiograph; the clinician's abilities to appreciate subtle radiographic changes and communicate with the radiologist are invaluable. Finally, knowing when and how to perform a lymph node biopsy is crucial. The obstetrician/gynecologist, in providing continuity of care, is in an ideal position to investigate, diagnose, and treat lymphadenopathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-217
Number of pages9
JournalPrimary Care Update for Ob/Gyns
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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