Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease (KFD) is a distinctive, benign type of necrotizing lymphadenitis. KFD is a rare entity, especially during pregnancy. Although first described in Japan, subsequently it has been reported in the West. We communicate herein a case of KFD in African women with bouts during pregnancy. Diagnosis was difficult because peripheral enlarged lymph nodes were absent and an extended differential diagnosis and adequate work-up was necessary. The patient suffered a miscarriage coinciding with a KFD bout. Further pregnancies were uneventful. Follow up showed that KFD evolved into a systemic lupus erythematosus-like syndrome. © 2008 The Authors.
- Histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis
- Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease
- Recurrent bouts
- Systemic lupus erythematosus