Aim: Paediatric evidence about the clinical implications of enlarged abdominal lymph nodes (EALN) is not univocal. The main purpose of our study was to evaluate the clinical significance and the morphological evolution of enlarged abdominal nodes in children with recurrent abdominal pain. Methods: All children with recurrent abdominal pain diagnosed with EALN were enrolled at the involved centres between September 2017 and June 2018. Number, size, localisation, shape and architecture of nodes were accurately recorded along with clinical and laboratory data at enrolment and after three and six months. Results: A total of 38 children were enrolled. After the six-month study period, 58% of them had lymph nodes reduced in size, 13% had unchanged lymph nodes, and 29% had lymph nodes increased in size. Overall, we observed a gradual, albeit slight reduction in the average size of enlarged nodes over the six-month period. The extent of size changes was not correlated with any clinical parameter. Conclusion: Our data suggest that EALN are a non-specific finding, which is not worth a change in the diagnostic and therapeutic management of children with abdominal pain.

Clinical significance and sonographic evolution of enlarged abdominal lymph nodes in children

Quitadamo P.;Giannetti E.;Andreozzi M.;Mancusi V.;Caprio M. G.;Vallone G.;Staiano A.
2019

Abstract

Aim: Paediatric evidence about the clinical implications of enlarged abdominal lymph nodes (EALN) is not univocal. The main purpose of our study was to evaluate the clinical significance and the morphological evolution of enlarged abdominal nodes in children with recurrent abdominal pain. Methods: All children with recurrent abdominal pain diagnosed with EALN were enrolled at the involved centres between September 2017 and June 2018. Number, size, localisation, shape and architecture of nodes were accurately recorded along with clinical and laboratory data at enrolment and after three and six months. Results: A total of 38 children were enrolled. After the six-month study period, 58% of them had lymph nodes reduced in size, 13% had unchanged lymph nodes, and 29% had lymph nodes increased in size. Overall, we observed a gradual, albeit slight reduction in the average size of enlarged nodes over the six-month period. The extent of size changes was not correlated with any clinical parameter. Conclusion: Our data suggest that EALN are a non-specific finding, which is not worth a change in the diagnostic and therapeutic management of children with abdominal pain.
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