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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Vendhan Ramanujam M.B.B.S [2]Vishal Devarkonda, M.B.B.S[3]


Lymphangitis being a manifestation of wide concurrently occurring spectrum of manifestations or pathologies.The history and symptoms vary from etiology to etiology.

Specific history and symptoms for individual infections are discussed in detail separately.

History and Symptoms

Lymphangitis being a manifestation of wide concurrently occurring spectrum of manifestations or pathologies.The history and symptoms vary from etiology to etiology. Commonly associated history and symptoms with different forms of etiology include:[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Lymphangitis due to infectious etiology

Acute lymphangitis

Local manifestations of acute lymphangitis include:[1][2][5][8]
  • Commonly effects the extremities
  • Pain(throbbing in nature)
  • Redness
  • Swelling of the region
  • Red streaks from the infected area to the regional lymph node

Systemic manifestations of acute lymphangitis include:[1][2][5][8]

Common symptoms of chronic granulomatous lymphangitis include:[1][3][4][8]

  • Painless or painful subcutaneous nodule at the site of incoulation, common effecting the extermities
  • Nodules may subsequently ulcerate at site on inoculation, as seen in case of Sporothrix schenckii
  • Slowly, multiple subcutaneous nodules appear and extend proximally along the course of lymphatics

For history and symtoms of filarial lymphangitis please click here

Lymphangitis due to non-infectious etiology

Lymphangitis carcinomatosa

History and symptoms of lymphangits carcinomatosa depends on site of metastasis, lungs are mostly commonly involved organs. History and symptoms of lymphangitis carcinomatosa involving lungs are:[9]

Sclerosing lymphangitis

Patient with sclerosing lymphangitis present with:[10]

  • Pain and discomfort in the genital area.
  • Sudden onset of flesh colored red firm, cordlike lesion on penis


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Füeßl HS (2016). "[Emergency checklist: Acute lymphangitis]". MMW Fortschr Med. 158 (11): 65. doi:10.1007/s15006-016-8384-9. PMID 27271418.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kostman JR, DiNubile MJ (1993). "Nodular lymphangitis: a distinctive but often unrecognized syndrome". Ann Intern Med. 118 (11): 883–8. PMID 8480962.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Schubach A, Barros MB, Wanke B (2008). "Epidemic sporotrichosis". Curr Opin Infect Dis. 21 (2): 129–33. doi:10.1097/QCO.0b013e3282f44c52. PMID 18317034.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Chung E, Pulitzer MP, Papadopoulos EB, Papanicolaou GA, Babady NE, Marchetti MA (2015). "Lymphangitic papules caused by Nocardia takedensis". JAAD Case Rep. 1 (3): 126–8. doi:10.1016/j.jdcr.2015.03.001. PMC 4808715. PMID 27051706.
  6. Taylor MJ, Cross HF, Ford L, Makunde WH, Prasad GB, Bilo K (2001). "Wolbachia bacteria in filarial immunity and disease". Parasite Immunol. 23 (7): 401–9. PMID 11472559.
  7. Taylor MJ, Hoerauf A, Bockarie M (2010). "Lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis". Lancet. 376 (9747): 1175–85. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60586-7. PMID 20739055.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 lymphanitis Mandell, GERALD L. "Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's." Principles and practice of infectious diseases 7 (1995) Accessed on October 12,2016
  9. Bruce DM, Heys SD, Eremin O (1996). "Lymphangitis carcinomatosa: a literature review". J R Coll Surg Edinb. 41 (1): 7–13. PMID 8930034.
  10. Papeš D, Altarac S, Antabak A, Savić I (2015). "Nonvenereal sclerosing lymphangitis of the penis". Acta Dermatovenerol Croat. 23 (2): 150–1. PMID 26228831.

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