Public Health and Primary CareCase Report

Management of Suppurative Cervical Lymphadenitis in a Healthy 24 Year Old Man

Marlow Hernandez, MPH, OMS IV; Rayhanur Chowdhury, OMS IV; John Woods, MS, OMS IV; Jorge Cabrera, DO; and Patrick C. Hardigan, PhD
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Received: April 21, 2010

Accepted: August 4, 2010

Published: January 1, 2011

J Osteopath Med; 111(1): 49-51

Unilateral suppurative cervical lymphadenitis is characterized by acute onset of 1 or more tender cervical lymph nodes and can lead to fever, cellulitis, abscess formation, and bacteremia. This form of lymphadenitis is usually caused by gram-positive bacteria. The present case details the treatment of a previously healthy 24-year-old man who presented with an acutely inflamed cervical lymph node. The patient did not respond to antibiotic monotherapy or combination antibiotics but recovered rapidly after methylprednisolone and osteopathic manipulative treatment were added to his care.

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