OBJECTIVE: To determine the commonest group and features of lymph nodes affected in
tuberculous lymphadenitis at our set up.
DESIGN: A descriptive study.
SETTING: Isra University Hospital, Hyderabad over a period of three years.
Methods: The data of 180 consecutive patients visiting the outpatients department with lymph
node enlargement was collected. The data was collected and analyzed with special reference to
location, number and characteristics of lymph nodes involved.
RESULTS: Out of 180 patients, 151 were found to be eligible according to the selection criteria.
About 81.5% of the patients had involvement of multiple lymph nodes whereas single lymph
node group was involved in 84.8% of the patients. Cervical group of lymph nodes was affected
in about 68.9% of the patients making this group to be the commonest group affected by
tuberculous lymphadenopathy. About 68.2% of the patients had matted lymph nodes whereas
discrete lymph nodes were found in only 17.2% of the patients.
CONCLUSION: Multiple lymph nodes are involved in most of the patients having tuberculous
lymphadenitis in our set up and in majority of the patients, only one group of lymph nodes is
affected by the tuberculous lymphadenitis.
Tuberculosis. Lymph node. Location.