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A 30-year-old female asked:

Swollen lymph nodes in arm pits, possibly new one in chest. blood tests reveal high wbc, all other normal. dr suggests lymphodectomy? why?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
To rule out lymphoma: Hopefully your tests will only show reactive lymph nodes (normal and fighting infection) but if lymphoma or hodgkin's disease is present, they're highly treatable and best to get started as soon as possible. Best of luck.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Agree with Dr. W: As an alternative you may watch and wait. You may feel the nodes every couple of weeks, if any of the lymph gland doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, or lose weight, you should see a doctor.

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