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Atypical groin lymph node. Does this mean cancer?

Atypical groin lymph node. Does this mean cancer?

Usually not.: But suggest a thorough physical examination and maybe some blood studies. ...Read more

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How likely are atypical cells found in a lymph node biopsy cancerous?

How likely are atypical cells found in a lymph node biopsy cancerous?

Questionable: When lymph nodes are examined it is to see if the are involved in an inflammatory process or have a primary or metastatic malignancy ongoing. Touch preps may help to define the presence of abnormal cells but if they do, immunohistochemistry is performed with a battery of monoclonals to see if a specific malignancy is present. At times normal skin and glandular elements are found in nodes ...Read more

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I had a lymph node biopsy (neck) that came back atypical cells. What does this mean and how likely is this cancer?

I had a lymph node biopsy (neck) that came back atypical cells. What does this mean and how likely is this cancer?

More investigation: Atypical cells means that the pathologist saw cells that weren't definitive for cancer, but were abnormal. These can be due to a number of things (infection, poor fixation, radiation, cancer, etc.), but rendering this diagnosis either means the pathologist will do special tests to determine this or lets your clinician know they may need more tissue if they are still suspicious. ...Read more

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I'm having open biopsy of neck lymph node diagnosed with atypical by previous needle biopsy. Is cancer likely to be found?

I'm having open biopsy of neck lymph node diagnosed with atypical by previous needle biopsy. Is cancer likely to be found?

Not necessarily: More history would be helpful such as is there a past history of cancer anywhere or a current mass in your thyroid or any other part of your body? "Atypical" findings on a fine needle biopsy can be secondary to inflammation and not malignancy. However, excisional biopsy of the node is critical to rule out malignancy. Good luck! ...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 are the normal lymph node sizes?

What are the normal lymph node sizes?

What is "Normal": Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins 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 come in all sizes from pea to lima bean. The are not usually easily felt. ...Read more

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What does the aortocaval lymph node do?

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

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How serious are lymph node enlargements?

How serious are lymph node enlargements?

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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What does a normal lymph node feel like?

What does a normal lymph node feel like?

Can't feel normal 1: 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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Can I pop a lymph node outside the body?

Lymph Nodes: There are no lymph nodes outside the body. They are also not air filled cysts but are dense tissue that is not 'poppable'. ...Read more

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What could cause a lymph node to enlarge?

What could cause a lymph node to enlarge?

Lots of things: Swollen lymph nodes may be swollen due to inflammation, infection, lymphoma, cancer, sarcoid or castlemann's disease.

I am sure there are other possibilities but off the top of my head these seem to be the most common. ...Read more

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Hard moveable 1 CM lymph node what is it?

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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Have a lymph node but why it did not hurt?

Have a lymph node but why it did not hurt?

Lymph node: We all have lymph nodes. They can swell in response to inflammation or infection. Swollen nodes may or may not be uncomfortable with pressure. If you have chronically enlarged nodes that would warrant evaluation. ...Read more

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How to determine if my lymph node is hard?

Function/condition: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge/hard in response to the inflammation created when they react. ...Read more

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Can a lymph node feel spongy when pressed?

Can a lymph node feel spongy when pressed?

Lymph node.: Lymph nodes can feel spongy, which usually suggests that they're benign. On occasion, they are rock-hard, like a little pebble, a quality which may suggest that they're more concerning medically-speaking. ...Read more

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Should lymph node margins be sharply defined?

Should lymph node margins be sharply defined?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff 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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At what rate does a lymph node become hardened?

Maybe never: Lymph nodes may never harden. If they do, they need immediate evaluation as the risk of tumor in these nodes is increased. ...Read more

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Can you have a benign reaction in a lymph node?

Can you have a benign reaction in a lymph node?

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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Is it possible to have an overactive lymph node?

Is it possible to have an overactive lymph node?

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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What is the ramifications of a missing lymph node?

What is the ramifications of a missing lymph node?

Huge numbers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. There are many, many of them so missing even a few will not cause problems. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a hard lymph node is serious?

How likely is it that a hard lymph node is serious?

It depends: Hardness may be caused by the fact that the lymph node is scarred from an old infection, so it's not necessarily a sign of current disease. One has to look for other clues at the same time: size, mobility, rate of growth, pain, tenderness, etc. And of course other general signs of illness. All these factors come into play in determining the cause-and hence seriousness-of a swollen node. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the meaning of firm lymph node?

Hard to say: 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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When lymph node is enlarged is it highly noticeable?

Not necessarily: It depends on a person body build whether nodes can be felt. Any new lump of recent onset requires evauation by a physician, or allied health professional. ...Read more

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What happens if you constantly squeeze a lymph node?

Nothing really : Constantly squeezing lymph nodes can potentially cause inflammation if pressed too hard and pain is felt. Try not to do it, and get your primary doctor to check then at your next visit. If they are enlarged, already hurting, they need to be checked sooner. Feel better. ...Read more

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Will constantly poking a lymph node make it feel hard?

Irritating Lymphs: I think we turn to our mothers for the answer to this question: please do not pinch, poke, or otherwise irritate sores, lumps or bumps.

But it is most likely not to turn a spot 'hard'. Lymph nodes that are swollen are usually fighting off or taking care of an infection or other something that is foreign to the body.

If there is pain or fever you may need to be seen. ...Read more

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Is it worrisome if you can slightly feel a lymph node?

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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I have lymph node with no other symptoms, what could it be?

I have lymph node with no other symptoms, what could it be?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge/hardenenla in response to the inflammation created when they react. ...Read more