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Can one have bilateral posterior cervical reactive lymph node swelling on the neck after wisdom tooth extraction? if so, how long does it last for?

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte answered

Specializes in Periodontics

This is not uncommon. Duration varies. Have your surgeon check you, .

Answered Dec 6, 2015



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Dr. Paul Brand answered

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When were your wisdom teeth removed? Do you have any pain at the site of the wisdom teeth? How did you learn you have bilateral posterior cervical reactive lymph node swelling? If your physician saw you, did you ask about the relationship to wisdom tooth extraction? Lymph node swelling which originates from an infection can either subside or they can fibrose (scar), which is not abnormal.

Answered Sep 12, 2013


Dr. Michael Miller answered

Specializes in Wound care

Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well.

Answered Nov 28, 2017



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