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Lymph nodes swollen under arms, contagious?

Lymph nodes swollen under arms, contagious?

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

Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more


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Swollen, tender lymph nodes--are they cancer?

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Swollen, tender lymph nodes--are they cancer?

Inflammation likely: Likely inflammation- which is way more common than cancer. Having said that, it is hard to say more without a good examination. You should go to see your primary care doctor to discuss in detail and have a proper evaluation ...Read more

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Tender enlarged lymph node under chin ?

Tender enlarged lymph node under chin
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Probably your friend: I've had one since a strep throat in med school. Different people have big lymphoid outposts in different places. They're there to help you, and only if they are clearly abnormal (huge, rock-hard, stuck to something they shouldn't be) should you consider biopsy. ...Read more

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Do lymph nodes itch?

Do lymph nodes itch?

Lymph Nodes: Not really. They may become tender though in inflammatory states or when a patient is sick with infection. ...Read more

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Are palpable supraclavicular lymph nodes usually cancer?

Are palpable supraclavicular lymph nodes usually cancer?

It depends.: Sometimes these, and other nodes are palpable because of infection. Sometimes cancer can do it. Rock hard nodes would more likely mean cancer, while soft, painful ones would point to infection. ...Read more

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Are "shotty" lymph nodes abnormal?

Are "shotty" lymph nodes abnormal?

Usually not: Many people have lymph nodes that can be felt. This can result from common problems like allergies. If they are rapidly growing it can be a sign of a serious problem. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in left groin. Advice/tips?

Swollen lymph nodes in left groin. Advice/tips?

Need physical exam: Swollen lymph nodes are never normal. You really need to be examined by a physician to figure out what is going on. Many times, infections can be the cause of swollen lymph nodes in the groin but there are many other causes. Please don't wait and ask your pcp to take a look and help you figure out what is going on. I hope this helps. Best wishes, ariel. ...Read more

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Are swollen lymph nodes visible?

Are swollen lymph nodes visible?

Lymph nodes: Not always. Imaging studies like ct scan or MRI often find enlarged lymph nodes that are not palpable. ...Read more

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Are lymph nodes under jaw cancerous?

Could be: We all have lymph nodes in different parts of our bodies including the neck and jaw areas. Mostly they are small and you can't feel them. Occasionally they get bigger because of multiple reasons like inflammation, infection or yes, cancer too. If you have persistently enlarged nodes anywhere you should have them checked by your primary doc. Don't panic, just get checked. ...Read more

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Lymphoma--what are non-tender lymph nodes?

Lymphoma--what are non-tender lymph nodes?

Unclear question: Lymphoma is a tumor (often malignant) of the lymphatic cells and there are different types (i.e., hodgkin's, non-hd, etc.). These can present with non-tender enlarged lymph nodes, along with other signs and symptoms. Some lymphomas are curable and some treatable and controllable for long time periods. ...Read more

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Why does left supraclavicular lymph node swell?

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

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Breast lump related to lymph nodes?

Breast lump related to lymph nodes?

Please clarify: The presence of a lump in the breast associated with axillary (armpit) lymph node enlargement is worrisome for breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes. However, lumps don't develop in the breast due to enlarged lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Do malignant lymph node aches?

Do malignant lymph node aches?

Very slightly so: But we all have lumph nodes that come and go. ...Read more

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Swollen salivary glands or lymph node?

Swollen salivary glands or lymph node?

A good question that: Would require a personal one-on-one clinical exam. It could be either or both. What's more important is to find out why? See your dentist and\or physician. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes, cancer inside thigh?

Swollen lymph nodes, cancer inside thigh?

Not necessary: From your post, I am guessing your swollen nodes are in the groins. This may be due to injury, infection or cancer. If the nodes are small and unchanged for may years, nothing to worry about. If the nodes have been getting larger, then you should talk with your doctor. Some cancer assocaited with swollen groin nodes are lymphoma, melanoma, and testicular cancer (in men), or cervical cancer (women). ...Read more

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What is hypoechoic lymph nodes neck?

What is hypoechoic lymph nodes neck?

Less echogenic: Meaning that the node will generate fewer internal echoes suggesting edema or loss of normal architecture of the node. The finding in and of itself is non specific and could suggest inflammation, infection, or tumor. ...Read more