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I had surgery 10 days ago. i had skin graft from hip and it was placed on foot. its a large section of heel. could this cause swollen glands in neck?

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Dr. Damien Dauphinee answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Swollen neck glands: The lymphatic system drains fluid outside our vascular system to the lymph nodes. It would be unlikely that a problem at the hip or foot would cause neck lymph nodes to become inflamed but this should be evaluated by both your surgeon and your PCP.

Answered 4/29/2016

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No: A skin graft to heel taken from hip places the surgery below the umbilical area where nodes to groin in rare instances may show enlargement. I suspect this is a free split thickness graft that requires immobilization of leg and foot to keep graft in place until healing occurrs. Glands in neck as a response to surgery would only be associated with surgery of the H&N.

Answered 3/20/2016

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