Castleman disease is a rare disorder that involves an overgrowth (proliferation) of cells in your body's disease-fighting network (lymphatic system). Also known as giant lymph node hyperplasia and angiofollicular lymph node hyperplasia, Castleman disease can occur in a localized (unicentric) or widespread (multicentric) form.
Fever. Night sweats. Fatigue and weakness. Loss of appetite. Unintended weight loss. Enlarged lymph nodes, usually around the neck, collarbone, underarm and groin areas. Enlarged liver or spleen.
A 32-year-old woman with a 5-year history of unifocal right cervicoparotid Castleman's disease (plasma cell variant) underwent right functional neck dissection and superficial parotidectomy for cosmetic and functional purposes. Pathologic and immunohistochemical analysis confirmed Hodgkin's lymphoma occurring in a background of the plasma cell variant of Castleman's disease. The patient subsequently underwent external beam radiation therapy as definitive management for her early-stage Hodgkin's lymphoma.