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A 26-year-old male asked:

Have a small shotty lymph node on right side of neck back area. probably from a skin biopsy done right next to it. ent said it was not worrisome. how long do shotty lymphnodes stay shotty ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Lymph nodes in the neck & back of the head are often more noticeable because they are not buried within fat or deep tissues. They are generally pea sized at rest & enlarge when working. Skin irritation, URI's, throat infections, etc commonly trigger transient enlargement for weeks at a time. They are always there whether you notice or not. Less than ~ 1 cm I never worry about.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
You may feel the nodes every couple of weeks, if any of the lymph glands doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, or lose weight, you should see a doctor. Wish you good health!
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Last updated May 24, 2022

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