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Castleman's Disease

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Castleman’s disease is a lymphoproliferative disorder affecting the lymph nodes and related tissues. While the cause of Castleman’s disease is unknown, many doctors suspect a virus is involved. Problems with the way an individual’s immune system functions may also contribute to the development of the condition. There are 2 main forms of Castleman’s disease: localized (discussed here) and multicentric. They affect people very differently. Localized or unicentric Castleman’s disease only affects a single set of lymph nodes and is not widespread. The lymph nodes that are more commonly affected are in the chest and abdomen. Castleman’s disease causes the lymph nodes to get larger. The enlarged lymph nodes press on other organs and tissues inside the chest or abdomen, causing discomfort or difficulty breathing. Sometimes the enlarged lymph nodes are in places such as the neck, groin, or armpit and can be easily felt. People with localized Castleman’s disease are often cured when the lymph node is removed with surgery. Chemotherapy and radiation may also be used. Please talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options if you or a family member has been diagnosed with Castleman’s disease. See also Multicentric Castleman’s disease.Source: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), supported by ORDR-NCATS and NHGRI.

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