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A 32-year-old member asked:

My 7yo has had enlarged l. neck lymph node for past 5 yrs. doc & hematologist say its nothing. r. one was big for 1yr but went down. why l. still big?

2 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 37 years experience
See below.: Lymph nodes are 'houses' for white blood cells (in addition to filtering debris and germs out of the body). Sometimes, just as when you build an addition on your house, you don't tear it down when you don't need the space anymore, the lymph node stays large. As long as it doesn't keep growing and doesn't get red, tender, squishy, or rock-hard, it can be monitored by the doctor at checkups.
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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 37 years experience
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You're welcome -- I'm happy to help!
Jan 16, 2012
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 19 years experience
Great collaboration. Wishing you'all the best
Feb 14, 2012
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 55 years experience
Infection ?: Enlarged lymph node are usually in responsed to infections such as tonsillitis tuberculosis virus etc if not more than 2 cm in size no need to biopsy it will go away.
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Last updated Nov 26, 2013

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