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Can a benign lymph node become malignant

A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Lymph node pathology: A lymph node is simply a 'weigh station' for the immune system. A lymph node will 'react' such that it can become bigger (and hence found on physical ... Read More

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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Internal Medicine 55 years experience
Very slightly so: But we all have lumph nodes that come and go.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leila Wing
Dr. Leila Winganswered
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
More info needed: The only way to tell if a lymph node is malignant is to biopsy it (take it out and look at it under the microscope).
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Imaging: Usually if the doctor has a suspicion that the lymph node may be abnormal (bigger than usual, hard, several of them) they will obtain a ct of the area... Read More
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
No: What you describe sounds like an ultrasound report of a lymph node. The only way to know for sure that a lymph node is malignant is to biopsy it (tak... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Usually no: Anything is possible but these inguinal lymph nodes may re related to foot fungus or other reasons. You need to discuss with your physician to s... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Lymph node in heart: According to my ct scan , I possibly have malignant lymph node in the heart measuring 2.4x1.5x2.2 cms. Does it need to be removed and how? ANS: very i... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Winnie Polen
Breast Surgery 21 years experience
Watch it: Intramammary lymph nodes are common. They are usually not felt but can occasionally be seen on mammograms. Next, a breast ultrasound should be done. ... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Need more info: How do you know the node is benign? How large is the node? Where is it located around the breast? Its not typical for a lymph node to continue to e... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Dizziness: Dizziness is a symptom experienced by many people and caused by many things. Mold exposure may cause dizziness, but it more often causes respiratory ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Sometimes a biopsy: Cancerous is hard feeling while benignis soft or firm. But saying that there are other things can cause enlarged lymph nodes.