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April 5, 1965

Toxoplasmic Lymphadenitis

Author Affiliations

From the Tropical Disease Unit, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Cornell University Medical College, New York, and the Department of Medicine, New York Hospital, New York.

JAMA. 1965;192(1):1-5. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080140007001

Six cases of lymphadenitis due to toxoplasmosis are described. Three of these cases were documented by isolation of the parasite, three others by changes in antibody titers. The clinical picture of lymphadenopathy with varying degrees of fatigue, malaise, and anorexia is discussed in detail. The involvement of skin, heart, and lungs in the adult form of toxoplasmosis is specifically mentioned. Specific laboratory tests and treatment are outlined and the chronic and latent aspects of the illness are considered. The importance of the parasite as a common cause of lymphadenopathy is emphasized.