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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more


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In last 3 weeks, I have Lymphadenopathy on my neck,my armpits, Not painful! Reduced apetite for 3 days,stiff neck, but not sick,no fever,no strep inf.

In last 3 weeks, I have Lymphadenopathy on my neck,my armpits, Not painful! Reduced apetite for 3 days,stiff neck, but not sick,no fever,no strep inf.

Mononucleosis?: At age 22, these symptoms for 3 weeks are highly suggestive of infectious mononucleosis. Mono often is mile, so "not sick, no fever" doesnt mean much. Depending on risk, it could be more serious, such as syphilis or HIV. There are several other possibilities as well. Return to your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Two years of suffering. Lymphadenopathy, abnormal stools, gi/bladder symptoms. Painful bloating. Had biopsy/pet CT negative last yr.Any ddx ideas?

Two years of suffering.  Lymphadenopathy, abnormal stools, gi/bladder symptoms.  Painful bloating.  Had biopsy/pet CT negative last yr.Any ddx ideas?

DDx: The differential diagnosis (ddx) of lymphadenopathy (lad) is broad. See this article from dr habermann and colleagues especially table 3 and work with a physician to evalute the probabilities and possibilities... http://www.matheny.info/files/habermann_mayo_clin_proc_2000_75_723.pdf. ...Read more

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27 y/o female with 4 days history of fever, night sweats, headache, generalized painful lymphadenopathy, fatigue, elevated liver enzymes? Mono neg

27 y/o female with 4 days history of fever, night sweats, headache, generalized painful lymphadenopathy,  fatigue, elevated liver enzymes? Mono neg

Guess u want DDx: Ddx=differential diagnosis involves the most important, under-used, under-appreciated, under-paid, complex tool a physician has: a trained/experienced mind, fueled by a good heart, driven by a mission to help others. Excellent history (listen!), careful physical exam leads to the answer, or at least to next step.?Viral illness?Drug reax. Rest, fluids, wait 2 wks; persists? Work up further. ...Read more

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What causes lymphadenopathy?

What causes lymphadenopathy?

Many things: Infection is the largest issue but there is also sarcoid, lymphoma and a few other conditions. ...Read more

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What does "inactive lymphadenopathy" means?

What does "inactive lymphadenopathy" means?

Not sure: Enlarged ln are usually immunologically active, ie responding to injury or infection, or part of a lymphomatous process. ...Read more

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What causes retroperotaneal lymphadenopathy?

Inflammation, tumors: These are the most common causes of retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy. Lymphomas, tumors of the intestinal tract, pancreas, kidneys are tumors that may do this. Inflammation and infections may also do this. ...Read more

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What is lymphadenopathy? How it is diagnosed? Is it serious condition?

Enlarged nodes: Lymphadenopathy is a non-specific term for enlarged lymph glands. The seriousness depends on the cause of enlargement. Common causes are infections, non-infectious inflammation like sarcoidosis and tumors.You may consult this site for info, however, it would be prudent to discuss the issue with your doctor. http://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/1015/p1313.html. ...Read more

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What is the difference between lymphadenopathy and lymphadenitis?

No difference: Both of these terms are used interchangeably. They mean that the lymph nodes are enlarged due to some pathology.You need to have a doctor to explain the reasons why the nodes are abnormal...often it is an infection in the throat in case the nodes in the neck are affected. ...Read more