Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Topaz_PTA | 2012/03/08

Q.

BCG-related lymphadenitis

About three months after my baby got her BCG vaccine, she developed a lump under her right arm. I took her to the paed who sent her for an ultrasound and it was diagnosed as lymphadenitis probably due to the BCG.
Do you know of cases of this and if so what is the plan of action? My paed said not to operate as the lump does not seem to be increasing in size, but it is the size of a pea and moves around - it also does not cause any pain.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is rather common and is due to the BCG. As long as the swelling is small [pea sized] and is localised to one gland no treatment is needed. The swelling will disappear by itself but it will take a long time before this happens.

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