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A 48-year-old member asked:

What does swollen lymph node in back of head feel like?

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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 34 years experience
Depends: Lymph nodes are usually small 5mm soft, non tender and freely movable if they enlarge they may become tender or hard or fixed (non-movable) depending upon the cause of the enlargement.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

What can I do for an enlarged lymph node on back of head?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 years experience
Monitoring Centers: 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.
Last updated Jun 8, 2015


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