Clinical features of BCG lymphadenitis

Hyo Jin Kwon, Doo Il Song, Yun Kyung Kim, Gi Young Jang, Byung Min Choi, Jung Hwa Lee

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    Purpose: This study was performed to determine the clinical course of BCG lymphadenitis. Methods: Between May 2005 and April 2009, the medical records of 33 patients with BCG lymphadenitis were retrospectively reviewed. If needed, needle aspiration was recommended without surgical resection or antituberculous medication. Results: Of the 33 patients who were identified, 21 were males and 12 were females. Among the 33 patients, 32 were full-term babies. The mean age was 6 months (range, 2-35 months) and the most prevalent site of the lesion was the left axilla. BCG lymphadenitis was observed 1-34 months after BCG vaccination, mostly 1-6 months after vaccination. The size of the enlargement was generally 1-3 cm. The strains were identified as French (n=14), Danish (n=7), and Tokyo (n= 12). BCG lymphadenitis regressed spontaneously in 19 patients. After 1-5 needle aspirations, 14 patients recovered completely. Complete regression of lymphadenitis was recorded over an average period of 4 months. Conclusion: Clinicians need to be aware of the clinical features of BCG lymphadenitis. For management of BCG lymphadenitis, regular follow-up with observation should be the mainstay. Needle aspiration is a safe and easy treatment for suppurative BCG lymphadenitis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)80-86
    Number of pages7
    JournalKorean Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • BCG vaccine
    • Lymphadenitis
    • Management

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Infectious Diseases


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