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Benign Lymph Node In Neck
Is it normal to feel 1 lymph node in neck? Its like more flat oval... Couple mm big. Just never felt it before. Went to ENT twice- he says im ok-
Size matters: In adults we usually shouldn't be able to feel lymph nodes. Having said that we're not usually concerned until we feel something that is one cm or larger. Soft, easy to move lymph nodes, especially in the posterior neck, behind the sternocleidomastoid muscle, are fairly common. If you had it checked out, and it's not growing, it's probably nothing to worry about. ...Read more
I had a cervical lymph node biopsy today. It is 3cm and not growing over 6 months. It is very hard. Is it possible to be benign and very hard?
Possible: The size and firmness of the lymph node are concerning for cancer, but some infections, such as tuberculosis, can present similarly. The pathologist will need to examine the cells under the microscope and may need a couple days to do special staining to give you a complete answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same name: 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
Sudden enlargement of lymph node in neck, 1 inch.very painful. Low grade fevers are also present. Possibly serious or just fighting something minor?
May need antibiotics: If a lymph node in the neck suddenly increases in size to one inch, over a time period of 1-2 days, there may be an infection such as strep throat, or there may be a bacterial infection in the lymph node without strep throat. In either case, the doctor may want to prescribe antibiotics if his evaluation suggests a bacterial (meaning not viral) infection. ...Read more
I have a lymph node in neck n its been swollen for years and now its big and wont go down. No bad side effects. Should I leave it alone and not worry?
Worrisome?: A lymphnode that changes or enlarges is very concerning. Duration is concerning. My advice is to get it checked out. It most likely should be biopsied. There are some bad reasons that lymph nodes in the neck swell and enlarge. Don't chance it! get chcked. See pcp, ent, surgeion, oncologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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