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Castleman`s Disease is a rare lymphoproliferative disease of uncertain etiology. The unicentric disease being more common in the 3rd and 4th decade and the multicentric form in 5th and 6th decade, with no specific sex predilection. HIV seropositive individuals appear to be at an increased risk for MCD at a younger age due to increased incidence of HHV- 8 infection. The radiological findings of lymphoproliferative disease being nonspecific should always make the radiologist suspect CD in any lymphoproliferative disease of uncertain origin, which should always be confirmed by histopathology.






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Unicentric Castleman`s Disease of Abdomen

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Castleman`s disease (CD) is a rare lymphoproliferative disease of uncertain etiology that affects lymph nodes. CD can be classified as a) unicentric vs. multicentric, based on clinical and radiological findings, b) hyaline vascular ( 80-90% ) vs. plasmacytic ( 10-20% ) vs. mixed cellularity variety based on histopathology. Unicentric disease is more common in the 3rd and 4th decade, whereas the multicentric form is more common in the 5th and 6th decade with no sex predilection. HIV seropositive individuals appear to be at an increased risk for multicentric castleman`s disease (MCD) at a younger age due to the increased incidence of HHV- 8 infection. Diagnosis is usually based on histopathology features as imaging features show considerable overlap, thus posing diagnostic difficulties. Overall prognosis is good, particularly in the unicentric variety of disease. We have presented a case of the unicentric CD in a 40 year old male patient having abdominal pain and hematuria as chief complaints.






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