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are swollen lymph nodes dangerous

A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
More specifics: Do you mean the swollen nodes at the left side of the neck and not the whole body? If so, it may mean that there is a sinus infection or dental abs ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sameer Gupta
18 years experience Medical Oncology
Depends: They can be painful or painless.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
24 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Enlarged glands: Lymph nodes are there to help fight off certain disorders. For example, when someone has an infection, it is not uncommon to have enlarged nodes. Th ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Miller
36 years experience Wound care
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" th ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Metzinger
38 years experience Plastic Surgery
Lymph nodes: Not always. Imaging studies like ct scan or MRI often find enlarged lymph nodes that are not palpable.
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
35 years experience Medical Oncology
Wind pipe, u mean?: Enlarged nodes in the chest can be the result of many things, some more serious than others. Rather than speculating and giving you a mile long list, ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Many causes: Almost everyone has at least one palpable lymph node in the neck, more if you're had a cold or sore throat recently. I own a 1/2" scarred node that i ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
35 years experience Medical Oncology
Sure: Depends on the cause. Swollen nodes caused by infection or inflammation would be expected to go back to normal whereas those caused by cancer normall ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
36 years experience Wound care
Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. The l ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Go see a doctor: You need to get a medical exam done in order to find the cause of swollen nodes. Unless it is an infection, you may need a biopsy of the lymph nodes i ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
52 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Many possibilities: Bacterial and viral infections can cause these symptoms. Strept throat, mononucleosis, HIV lymphangitis etc. Malignancies such as leukemia and lymphom ... Read More

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