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Symptoms and Signs of Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Doctor's Notes on Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lymph system; there are many types, cancerous and benign. General signs and symptoms of adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma may include swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, groin and/or stomach. Fever, weight loss and pains in the chest, abdomen or bones can occur - all for unknown reasons. Other symptoms include recurrent night sweats, fatigue and itchy skin or rash. If fever, night sweats and weight loss occur together, the group is termed B symptoms. In addition, other signs and symptoms may occur depending on where the cancer occurs in the body, the tumor size and how fast it grows.

The cause of adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma is unclear but may begin in B lymphocytes, T lymphocytes or natural killer cells that become abnormal.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

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