Which clinical history findings are characteristic of lymphangitis?

Updated: Dec 17, 2018
  • Author: Raymond D Pitetti, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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A history of minor trauma to an area of skin distal to the site of infection is often elicited in patients with lymphangitis. [4, 5, 6]

Children with lymphangitis often have fever, chills, and malaise, and some children may report a headache, loss of appetite, and muscle aches.

Patients often have a history of a recent cut or abrasion or of an area of skin that appears infected and spreading.

Lymphangitis can progress rapidly to bacteremia and disseminated infection and sepsis, particularly when caused by group A streptococci.

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