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How do you distinguish between lymph nodes and fatty deposits

A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
10 years experience Family Medicine
Shape, size, locale: Shape, size and location are the biggest clues. Also, they have a different subjective "feel" to a trained set of hands.
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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
25 years experience Dermatology
Nodes: Lymph nodes are usually much better outlined when palpated. They are firmer while fatty deposits (as with lipomas) are much softer and much less well ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Hawley
24 years experience Family Medicine
Lymph nodes: It is best to have a physician examine your lumps and bumps. Don't rely on the home method for trying to figure them out. Usually, the clavicle lymp ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
45 years experience Preventive Medicine
This is not uncommon: and is likely not a worrisome phenomenon. Lymph nodes may undergo atrophy (degeneration) and the lymph tissue be replaced by fatty tissue as a result ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Inguinal nodes: There are inguinal lymph nodes located laterally from the mons veneris (top) but not directly on top. The inguinal canal is where the mons venris(moun ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
33 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Probably not based: on the CT appearance. Talk to your doctor about whether your clinical situation warrants further evaluation of the lymph nodes.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gustavo Diaz
30 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Evaluation: The platysma muscle and the neck have lymphatic nodes. If you had a recent cold that would be a reason why to have some enlarged ones. If you still ha ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Marra
29 years experience Radiology
Sounds normal: The description you give of an 8 mm lymph node sounds pretty normal to me. Small lymph nodes are present normally throughout the body. They help in ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Wilson
46 years experience Addiction Medicine
Normal: Lymph nodes are a normal part of anatomy. If they are not tender or enlarged, not a problem.
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Dr. Mohammed Al hallak
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Benign: liver enzymes will come back normal in few weeks .. Where do u have the swelling .. If on the right side of the neck then yes it is a lymph node

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