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Doctor insights on: Axillary Lymph Node Pain

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What are the probable causes of a swollen axillary lymph node?

What are the probable causes of a swollen axillary 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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Focal cortical thickening of axillary lymph node measuring 4.4 mm - What does this indicate?

Focal cortical thickening of axillary lymph node measuring 4.4 mm - What does this indicate?

Specifically,: it means that in a localized spot (focal) there is thickening. Some experts have suggested that thickening or hyperplasia (cell proliferation) may indicate the presence of cancer, but there is no agreement that this non-specific finding definitely indicates cancer. It can result from other reactions within the lymph node. The size of 4.4 mm is smaller than most lymph nodes involved by cancer. ...Read more

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What does a cancerous axillary lymph node look like for any kind of cancer?

What does a cancerous axillary lymph node look like for any kind of cancer?

Enlarged and firm.: A normal lymph node is about the size, shape and consistency of a partially cooked kidney bean (small, bean-shaped, and soft but solid). A lymph node involved by metastatic carcinoma would be enlarged, irregular in shape and would feel more firm / hard to the touch (like a pitted date). A node with carcinoma might also have a woody cut surface and might be 'fixed' to adjacent soft tissue. ...Read more

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What does progressive transformation of germinal centers mean - in relation to his axillary lymph node biopsy.

What does progressive transformation of germinal centers mean - in relation to his axillary lymph node biopsy.

A reaction pattern: Ptgc is a benign pattern of exaggerated response in some enlarged lymph nodes (chronic lymphadenopathy). There is weak association with hodgkin's disease . Although ptgc is not considered a premalignant lesion in this latter case, your doctor may follow you and possibly biopsy/remove any enlarged lymph nodes in the future (if any) for a similar examination. ...Read more

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Axillary lymph node mobile but feels matted. Ultrasound says it looks benign and not enlarged. What might cause this?

Axillary lymph node mobile but feels matted.  Ultrasound says it looks benign and not enlarged.  What might cause this?

Inflammation: Most axillary nodes are reactive or inflammatory .Sometimes can feel matted. Ultrasound fairly accurate at characterizing nodes. ...Read more

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What is left axillary lymph node metastatic adenocarcinoma?

What is left axillary lymph node metastatic adenocarcinoma?

Regional spread: Many tumors, as they evolve, develop the potential to spread. The lesions develop matrix metalloproteinase which forms small e-cadherin from the cell cement and allows for spread. Regional nodes are a common site and for lesions on the arm and chest, spread is to the axilla. Lt. breast carcinomas as they grow and spread frequently are noted in the left axillary lymph nodes as metastatic adenoca ...Read more