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how do i know if a lymph node is enlarged

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denis Winder
57 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not necessarily: It depends on a persons body build as to whether nodes can be felt. Any new lump of recent onset requires evauation by a physician, or allied health ... Read More

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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Grant Linnell
23 years experience Radiology
Lymph nodes: Lymph node enlargement has many causes, infection, inflammation, spread of cancer, for example. However, not every enlarged lymph node necessarily me ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Filly
25 years experience Radiology
Would suggest : That you get a colonoscopy to start with. With pain in that region and an enlarged node, you need to exclude rectal cancer.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Deeken
19 years experience Pathology
Biopsy: The best way to diagnose a lymph node with lymphoma is to have a biopsy sent to a pathologist for examination under the microscope and special tests f ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Depends on location: 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 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Site of origin: Lumps represent any palpable mass anywhere in the body. An enlarged lymph node is also a lump when palpated. One however can suspect a node when pr ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Subjective criteria: In the imaging(computed tomography) world a node greater than 1.0 cm was considered suspicious for disease.Therer are 2.5 cm per inch. This enlargeme ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
You cannot always: If it is near the surface of the skin you can feel it with your fingers. If it is tender or painful this will guide you to the site. There are lymph ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "t ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Varies with cause: Enlarged lymphnodes may feel shotty, i.e. Like pellets under the skin; these may be rubbery, often due to lymphoma, may be soft and tender if due to i ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Tissue tells: Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune sy ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends on the si: Small neck nodes are normal. So the size matters. If the node is 1 cm or larger, watch it and note down if it is growing in size. If it grows bigger t ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
See a doctor: A detailed history and examination is necessary to begin to evaluate the cause of enlarged lymph nodes. A lymph node in the axilla may be due to infec ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Omobola Oji
32 years experience Family Medicine
Feeling them.: You can usually feel them behind the ears and in front. along the sides of the neck also under the chin. Most are benign meaning (not cancer) shows yo ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
You will be able to : If you can feel them with your fingers and they are bigger than one cm, they are considered enlarged.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Doubtful: How long has it been that way, is it fixed to underlying tissue or mobile, is continuing to enlarge, where is it located, do you know what may have ca ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Well: Sometimes behavior gives you an idea of what they are but only a biopsy can tell for sure. I suggest you chill, quit guessing and see your doc. Let he ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 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 and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gehrig Harris
16 years experience Family Medicine
Find out why: Swollen lymph nodes can be caused by everything from allergies to cancer. So if you have swollen lymph nodes you should want to find out why. If you ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Hard to distinguish: It could be a cyst or a swollen node. May need medical assessment to distinguish the two.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 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 and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Biopsy: The only way to know for sure is to undergo a biopsy. This can be tricky for lymph nodes since the nonsurgical approach that we favor (needle biopsy) ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Inflammation.: Lymph nodes are filters for fluid and debris coming from nearby body parts that is collected via lymphatic ducts. They are filled with immune system ... Read More
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