oa South African Medical Journal - Epitrochlear adenopathy in the Bantu

Volume 23, Issue 48
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In a series of 500 cases, clinically palpable epitrochlear lymph glands were found in 75% of native males and 54% of native females. The enlargement was unrelated to syphilis. Over 80% of the glands showed a chronic nonspecific lymphadenitis and repeated minor trauma and sepsis was suggested as one of the aetIOlogical factors. Three glands removed for biopsy (10%) proved to be tuberculous.

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