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Hard lymph node on neck, nasuea and pain on left side of abdomen? What could be the cause?

Hard lymph node on neck, nasuea and pain on left side of abdomen? What could be the cause?

Get it checked: Small swollen lymph nodes and GI symptoms could be related to virus such as cold, flu, or gastroenteritis (although this does not usually cause swollen lymph nodes). If a lymph node feels hard, fixed in place, and does not go away within a week, it should be checked by a doctor to make sure it is not something more serious. ...Read more

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I have a small firm lump in middle abdomen between sternum and umbilicus. Could this be a lymph node? Or are nodes too deep in the body to palpate?

I have a small firm lump in middle abdomen between sternum and umbilicus. Could this be a lymph node? Or are nodes too deep in the body to palpate?

Unlikely lymph node: That location lump would be unusual for a lymph node. See your doctor for evaluation of the lump. It may be a fatty collection called a lipoma or something else. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged lymph node under my arm where I got the flu shot. I also have an enlarged lymph node in my abdomen. Can these two be related?

I have an enlarged lymph node under my arm where I got the flu shot.  I also have an enlarged lymph node in my abdomen.  Can these two be related?

Lymphadenopathy: Possible, but not likely. This needs a full history and exam and possibly some labs and imaging studies for accurate diagnosis and this can only be done face to face with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I am thin can I feel an enlarged iliac lymph node? I feel a lump in abdomen in between belly button and hip bone. I do not feel it on other side.

If I am thin can I feel an enlarged iliac lymph node? I feel a lump in abdomen in between belly button and hip bone. I do not feel it on other side.

No: even if you are thin iliac nodes are not palpable. Too deep. Inguinal nodes can be easily palpated- that's in the groin. Also, there other causes for bumps in the belly. Depends which side and location. You could feel enlarged ovarian cyst if you are really skinny. Can feel your own colon on left side - especially if full of poop, and so on. ...Read more

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Pet scan had slight activity in abdominal lymph node & tiny spot on liver. Could this be left over inflammation from diep surgery in december? Tm 52.

Pet scan had slight activity in abdominal lymph node & tiny spot on liver.  Could this be left over inflammation from diep surgery in december? Tm 52.

Hard to interpret: Both the liver and the lymph nodes will react to many things. Reactions to a small viral infection to surgery etc. The mild reading described is not definite for any particular cause. Follow up exams and studies will help decide it's meaning. ...Read more

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ANA 1:640 nucleolar (lab range 1:160 borderline, 1:320 positive). No symptoms, all tests ok (capillaroscopy, blood, chest x-ray, abdominal & lymph node ultrasound) Family history (Mother MCTD, her cousin SLE). Drs say my ANA's familial. I fear cancer?

ANA 1:640 nucleolar (lab range 1:160 borderline, 1:320 positive). No symptoms, all tests ok (capillaroscopy, blood, chest x-ray, abdominal & lymph node ultrasound) Family history (Mother MCTD, her cousin SLE). Drs say my ANA's familial. I fear cancer?

Observation: The positive ANA suggests that you are at a higher risk in developing an autoimmune disorder but is not diagnostic of any disease by itself. Thus you need to inform your doctor of this finding should you develop joint, thyroid, skin, intestinal , etc symptoms. Your risk for cancer is not higher because of the elevated ANA. ...Read more

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Can you pop a lymph node?

Can you pop a lymph node?

Not poppable: 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. ...Read more

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What does the aortocaval lymph node do?

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. ...Read more