Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 6/19/2020

Hodgkin's disease (now known as Hodgkin's lymphoma) is a form of lymphoma, or cancer of the B lymphocytes (a type of blood cell). The disease usually begins in a lymph node, part of the body's lymphatic system. There are four different types of Hodgkin's lymphoma. People who have had infectious mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr virus or EBV infection) are at greater risk for developing Hodgkin's lymphoma, although this risk is still very small.

Signs and symptoms of Hodgkin's lymphoma include

Other associated symptoms and signs include

Cause of Hodgkin's lymphoma

A mutation or change in the DNA of a B lymphocyte causes Hodgkin's lymphoma. Doctors do not understand the exact cause of this mutation.

Other hodgkin's lymphoma symptoms and signs

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