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Differential diagnosis for lymphoma

Common and important differential diagnosis for lymphoma presenting with lymphadenopathy – for doctors’ exams, medical student finals, OSCEs, PACES and CPD

Classification of diagnosisDiagnosis
Other malignancyLymphatic metastasis from solid organ malignancy
Non-malignantReactive lymphadenopathy, to a lesion (infectious, traumatic or malignant) in the tissues drained by the affected lymph node
Non-malignantAssociated with connective tissue disease
Non-malignantViral infection (particularly acute Epstein-Barr virus infection, and HIV)
Non-malignantGranulomatous disease (Tuberculosis, sarcoidosis)
Non-malignantToxoplasmosis, Cat-scratch disease
Non-malignantCastleman's disease

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