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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Swollen Glands (Definition)

Swollen glands = inflamed lymph nodes (doesn't actually ...Read more


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My 2 year old son has a swollen lymph node on the left side of his neck...what could this be?

My 2 year old son has a swollen lymph node on the left side of his neck...what could this be?

Infection: Lymph nodes can be a source of infection. Have him checked to see if he needs treatment such as antibiotics or drainage. If it is tiny like pea sized it may be normal. All the best. ...Read more

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My 2.5 year old son has swollen lymph nodes in neck, clavicle, underarm and groin. Only swollen on the left side, fever started 2 days ago.

My 2.5 year old son has swollen lymph nodes in neck, clavicle, underarm and groin. Only swollen on the left side, fever started 2 days ago.

Lymphadenopathy: At this age, we see fever with certain group of lymph node enlargement, like neck, under chin, behind ears and some other areas. Cause is mostly of viral. If multiple groups are involved with fever but no rash, I will advise to have a thorough exam by his pediatrician, check for liver /spleen enlargement, have simple blood test like a cbc. With diff. And any more if needed.
Do not get scared. ...Read more

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My 3.5 year old son has had some swollen lymph nodes since april when he caught strep they are still enlarged?

My 3.5 year old son has had some swollen lymph nodes since april when he caught strep they are still enlarged?

Doctor can re-check: Young children can have swollen lymph nodes for months, especially if they catch a cold or a strep throat every couple of months. It is important to see the same doctor, so that the same person is examining the child's neck. He can compare his exams from different visits, and can also swab the throat for strep at follow-up visits. There are few rare, bad diseases that also cause persistent nodes. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck for more than a year?

Swollen lymph nodes in neck for more than a year?

Go see your doctor: Need more info: one or more? How big? Is it growing? Is it hard, painful, red etc? Any other swollen glands anywhere else? Any fevers, night sweats, weight loss etc... ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes on left side of neck since last year may, haven't not grown. All soft, moves easily. Very skinny guy. Some ear aches just started?

Swollen lymph nodes on left side of neck since last year may, haven't not grown. All soft, moves easily. Very skinny guy. Some ear aches just started?

Mgt: The lymph nodes may be reactive and due to inflammation and infection. You should see your physician and additional testing may help to determine the cause. ...Read more

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I've had swollen lymph nodes for over year. Now my tounge and roof of mouth hurts. I have a sore on roof of mouth. My ears also hurt?

I've had swollen lymph nodes for over year. Now my tounge and roof of mouth hurts. I have a sore on roof of mouth. My ears also hurt?

Active/swollen nodes: Aka lymphadenopathy, that have been symptomatic for a year suggest a chronic problem w infection or systemic issues. This is not normal. Get to your otolaryngologist or oral surgeon asap. Very important that you be examined and find the source of this long standing issue. ...Read more

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My 5 month old has many swollen lymph nodes, please help?

My 5 month old has many swollen lymph nodes, please help?

See doctor: Many swollen lymph nodes would be a reason to see the doctor as soon as possible. Some blood testing will likely be done to find the cause. ...Read more

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Are painless swollen lymph nodes for 2 years likely yo be cancerous? No other symptoms. No other conditions related.

Are painless swollen lymph nodes for 2 years likely yo be cancerous? No other symptoms. No other conditions related.

How big?: That is a good long time. In a young woman it could be hodgkin's disease even with minimal symptoms. In an older patient it could be indolent non-hodgkin's lymphoma. This is worst case, but may be deserving of some work-up. ...Read more

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I have two swollen lymph nodes at the back of my neck but can be felt only when I touch them, should I be concerned?

Yes.: Should be concerned, if they are not associated with any infections, and persist for more than 2 weeks, also growing. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had swollen lymph nodes come and go for about 3 months now. No other symptoms, and I have used the same deodorant for over 10 years.

I have had swollen lymph nodes come and go for about 3 months now. No other symptoms, and I have used the same deodorant for over 10 years.

Where: Dependent on where the gland swelling is.

But for this to be present for 3 months is not a normal occurrence

I would suggest seeing your DR and getting a full exam to find the etiology of the swelling. ...Read more

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Each month I get swollen lymph nodes on both sides of my neck, that last four a week or so had it for over 2 years but getting more frequent?

Go see an ENT doctor: It could be just repeated viral infections (colds) but you need to be sure that you do not have strept throat. A visit to your ENT doctor can help. If you want to try controlling it on your own, I wiould sugges that you try taking vitamin c, 500mg daily and give it a 6 month trial (it is pretty cheap vitamin). This may help, in which case you should continue taking it on a regular basis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of swollen lymph nodes for years?

DDx: The differential diagnosis (ddx) for swollen lymph nodes includes: infection, inflammation, cancer. More information is needed including a history and physical examination. If the lymph nodes are bothersome, imaging and a possible biopsy might be done. ...Read more

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If I had swollen lymph nodes for longer than 2 years they must be benign right?

If I had swollen lymph nodes for longer than 2 years they must be benign right?

Not always.: While it is true that lymph nodes that remain stable in size are "more likely than not" to be cancerous, that is not an absolute rule. In fact, many lymphomas may grow very slowly and not demonstrate any appreciable change in size over a few years. I advise you to seek out medical evaluation, if for no other reason than peace of mind. ...Read more

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What can cause two swollen lymph nodes in neck?

Infection to tumor: The dx of swollen lymph nodes in neck depends on size, location and symptoms of pain. In upper neck 2 nodes can represent spread of throat infection to ear, spread from parotid gland. In mid neck tumor can arise from metastatic thyroid and in supraclavicular fossa, an upward spread from lungs. Biopsy if persistent or enlarging can show lymphoma, infection or tumor metastatic tumor. ...Read more

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My 19month old son has 3 swollen lymph nodes on his neck, should I be worried?

My 19month old son has 3 swollen lymph nodes on his neck, should I be worried?

Get checked: It could simple be "reactive adenopathy" from a recent cold or infection, but you would need him to get checked out to be sure. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my 5yr old son woke up with ping pong size swollen lymph nodes on both sides of his neck?

50/50 strep or viral: Very large anterior cervical lymph nodes are seen particularly in strep throat. A fever would almost certainly be going along with that. You can also see very large lymph nodes with mononucleosis and other viruses so in itself is just a warning sign to keep a close eye probably get a doctor to look at him and do a throat culture. ...Read more

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Can I have one or two swollen lymph nodes in my neck (one side) for 10 months and be still healthy? Can have them for no. Reson?

Can I have one or two swollen lymph nodes in my neck (one side) for 10 months and be still healthy? Can have them for no. Reson?

Yes: The nodes will not be swollen for no reason, but the reason isn't necessarily a problem with your health. Lymph nodes increase in size when the immune system is fighting something, like an infections or injury. Having said that, big or painful lymph nodes that don't shrink back down should be evaluated. In your age group, lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, is a rare but real possibility. Hyj/k. ...Read more

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I have multiple swollen lymph nodes on the left side of my neck in the suncavicular area. It's been two months and they are hard and rubbery. Thoughts?

I have multiple swollen lymph nodes on the left side of my neck in the suncavicular area. It's been two months and they are hard and rubbery. Thoughts?

Evaluation: 2 months of lymph node swelling should be evaluated. It may not be cancer, but you may have some other chronic condition that needs evaluation -- ear issues, sinusitis, clogged salivary glands, etc. Lymphoma is relatively common in 20 year olds as well and might be considered. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes only in left side of neck. For 5 years. No other symptoms. What could this be?

Could be anything: Persistant swollen lymph nodes for prolonged periods of time is likley to be a result of a resolved infection or other inflamitory state. The other concerns would of course be lymphoma or sarcodosis.
Concerning symtpoms in the presence of lymph nodes in the neck would include difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, night sweats, weight loss ...Read more

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What could it mean if I've had swollen lymph nodes for over 3 years? Should I get a pap smear done?

Depends where: Where/ how big/ painful or not/ adherant to surrounding tissue or not........Any weight loss/ fever etc helps pmd to localse the problem and give further advise. ...Read more

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My niece has suffered from systemic lupus and rosai-dorfman for 14 years. How can her swollen lymph nodes be drained? By whom?

My niece has suffered from systemic lupus and rosai-dorfman for 14 years. How can her swollen lymph nodes be drained? By whom?

Nothing to drain: They are solid lymph nodes enlargement that are formed from histiocytes-. They are not abscess where they are filled with pus - so really, there is nothing that you are going to drain here. Discuss treatment options in detail with her doctor that may include chemotherapy agents, plasmapheresis etc. Read more at www. Histio. Org. ...Read more

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I fell down the stairs two nights ago, and now I have swollen lymph nodes and my back pain keeps getting worse. Should I get checked?

I fell down the stairs two nights ago, and now I have swollen lymph nodes and my back pain keeps getting worse. Should I get checked?

Absolutely get check: Dear Singram:

The most worrisome thing about what you are describing is that your back pain keeps getting worse. Usually, after you fall, you should expect the pain to reach its worst in the first 24 hours or so and then to start getting better. The fact that your pain keeps getting worse is a cause for concern. So please get checked by a physician.

All the best,

Ariel ...Read more