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Lymphatic system
Lymphatic system


Lymphoid hyperplasia

Definition:

Lymphoid hyperplasia is a rapid increase in the number of normal cells (called lymphocytes) that are contained in lymph nodes.

These cells increase in number to help lymph nodes prevent bacteria, viruses, and other types of germs from entering the bloodstream.



Alternative Names:

Lymphoid hypertrophy



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References:

Armitage JO. Approach to the patient with lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2007:chap 174.




Review Date: 8/28/2009
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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