Hodgkin’s Disease

Hodgkin's Disease

What is Hodgkin’s Disease?

Hodgkin’s Disease is a malignant disease affecting the lymphatic and immune system. Hodgkin’s lymphoma arises in the lymph nodes or in lymphoid tissue of organs such as the digestive system, lung or skin. While the cause of this disease is unknown, a viral infection is suspected. Again, Hodgkins may have a genetic origin.

Clinical Features of Hodgkin’s Disease

1. Early: Asymptomatic with discrete, painless rubbery enlargement of lymph nodes.

2. Remittent fever which is cyclical. It is characterised by fever for several days or weeks
alternating with afebrile periods.

3. Nightsweats, weight loss.

4. Anemia, weakness, fatigue.

5. Lymphgland enlarge and may attain great sizes.

Management of Hodgkin’s Disease

Admit to a hospital for chemotherapy and radiotherapy