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A 31-year-old member asked:

are there lymph nodes in the shoulders?

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Dr. Daniel Solomon
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Sort of: You have lymph nodes in your axilla ( armpit) but nope in the shoulder joint or directly surrounding the joint.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Close by: 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.

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Last updated Mar 15, 2017

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