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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-120

Greater auricular nerve masquerading as lymph node


1 Department of Pathology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pathology, Army Hospital Research and Referral, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Dermatology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Prabal Deb
Department of Pathology, Army Hospital Research and Referral, New Delhi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.160567

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Hansen's disease is on the verge of being eliminated from India and often missed by clinicians due to low index of suspicion. We present an unusual case in which greater auricular nerve thickening masqueraded as enlarged lymph node in the neck. The patient was referred for fine needle aspiration cytology, which revealed epithelioid cell granulomas suggestive of Hansen's disease. Further clinical examination and investigations including the skin biopsy confirmed the disease, highlighting the role of pathologist in the management of such unusual presentation of a common disease.


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