A 23-year-old female asked:
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can tmj cause a swollen lymph node? swelling on one side of face and jaw pain. dr. say its tmj or jaw disfunction can this cause swollen lymph node

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Dr. Joel Teig
Dr. Joel Teig answered
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Probably no: Lymph nodes are usually enlarged due to an inflammation causing increased fluid and or increased white blood cells within the lymph nodes. That inflammation's cause can be a simple mild infection or inflammation. Unless the TMJ is associated or caused by an inflammation or infection within the joint, then the surrounding nodes could swell.
Answered on Jun 11, 2018
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