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A 25-year-old male asked:

I've a swollen lymph node above my left collar bone 3 weeks, no other symptoms. went to dr had a cbc and mono test. everything came back normal. next?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Ignore it: Many guys your age have a few of these. If it's cancer, it would be stuck to the surrounding structures, or stony-hard, or become preposterously large, or be attended by fever / night sweats / weight loss.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Provided original answer
If you're one of the modern guys who shaves his chest, that may be the explanation. Or you may never find the cause. Lymph nodes fighting infection are your friends, and this may simply be a node that's doing its job especially well.
Jan 31, 2014
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Time: Most enlarged lymph nodes are inflammatory in nature and not related to tumor. These nodes may be tender. Ultrasound is good tool for characterizing abnormal lymph nodes from normal lymph nodes. If enlarged node persists further investigation necessary. Doppler ultrasound helps distinguish by vascular pattern. Normal lymph nodes architecture usually different from nodes infiltrated by tumor.

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