Hodgkins Disease Presenting as Chronic Urticaria
Chronic urticaria is always a challenge to the practicing physician. Despite adequate medical evaluation including sometimes extraordinary esoteric blood tests, the cause is infrequently found. The treatment of urticaria is often demanding and difficult. However, if a specific underlying medical illness is discovered, its treatment usually results in relief of the urticaria. A case is presented of a young woman with several months of urticaria treated with many antihistamines without success and whose symptoms were resolved when the diagnosis of Hodgkins disease was made, and the lymphoma treatment was begun. A brief review of the literature demonstrates that the occurrence of hives as a presenting manifestation of Hodgkins disease is uncommon though pruritus is known to be a frequent symptom of lymphomas in general.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Dept. of Allergy & Dermatology, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Massachusetts
Publication date: 1983-03-01
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