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A 72-year-old female asked:

I have never gotten the hang of checking glands in the neck. how often should they be checked? ent checked couple of weeks ago and all was fine. thank you?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yearly with your checkup is enough. If something important happens you notice discomfort and swelling.
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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Agree with Dr Ferguson. At your yearly visit would be fine especially if you are well, and if you happen to see a specialist at other times, they can also check. If you feel that a neck gland (lymph node) is larger than usual or painful/tender, please have your doctor check at that time also. If you have other symptoms like extreme weight loss, extreme fatigue, have them checked sooner.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
You do not need to be checking your lymph glands. If you notice a swelling, have weight loss or fever, see your doctor. Wish you good health!
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Last updated Apr 10, 2022

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