What should be included in the differential diagnoses for axillary lymph nodes lymphadenitis?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Elizabeth Partridge, MD, MPH, MS; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Axillary lymph nodes

Axillary lymph nodes receive lymphatic drainage from upper extremities and breasts.

Infections associated with axillary lymph nodes are as follows:

  • B henselae infection (catscratch disease)

  • Sporotrichosis

  • Tularemia

  • Staphylococcal or streptococcal skin infections

Malignancies associated with axillary lymph nodes are as follows:

  • Lymphoma

  • Melanoma

  • Carcinoma of the breast


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