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Can you always see a swollen lymph node in the neck caused by lymphoma?

Can you always see a swollen lymph node in the neck caused by lymphoma?

Many Causes: 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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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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Can a CT of sinuses see swollen lymph nodes? I have one directly under my chin and half way down my neck

No: A ct sinus usually does not go below mid face. At your age, the nodes are likely a reaction to infection; this can take 6 weeks to resolve. If persistent, and imaging is necessary i would recommend starting with an ultrasound, which could view the nodes without radiation. ...Read more

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I see something beating constantly and feel it. Could this be swollen lymph nodes?

I see something beating constantly and feel it. Could this be swollen lymph nodes?

No: Your question is not very clear , beating where and seeing what , do you mean pulsating, ? Pl be specific. ...Read more

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Should I see a doctor if I have swollen lymph nodes?

Yes: Without a doubt. It might be a passing infection or a more serious condition. Your doctor will examine you and tell you what to do next. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor should I see for swollen lymph nodes/glands?

More than one choice: Any family doctor can help you and guide you further. Ent doctors handle most swollen glands in he neck area where they are commonly due to infections. If you have swollen glands in the armpits, then you need to go to a general surgeon or a family doctor or pcp. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and a lump on my upper back. All are painless. Should I see a doctor about this?

I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and a lump on my upper back.  All are painless.  Should I see a doctor about this?

Yes: Most lumps in back are sebaceous cysts or lipomas. If a lesion there were malignant it would drain to axilla and not neck. The lump should be examined to define its nature and then if excsion not indicated, the nature of the cervical nodes should be evaluated. This can only be accomplished by a physician. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes under jaw 1.8x1 CM and neck, sweating, body ache, high WBC (11), dental ruled out, ENT ruled out, GP ruled out, who should I see?

Swollen lymph nodes under jaw 1.8x1 CM and neck, sweating, body ache, high WBC (11), dental ruled out, ENT ruled out, GP ruled out, who should I see?

Find new Dentist: Find a new Dentist, one with training in Pathology, such as an Oral Surgeon, and start the diagnostic process again. You have a source of infection somewhere that must be located to be treated. ...Read more

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If I had swollen lymph nodes for longer than 2 years they must be benign right?

If I had swollen lymph nodes for longer than 2 years they must be benign right?

Not always.: While it is true that lymph nodes that remain stable in size are "more likely than not" to be cancerous, that is not an absolute rule. In fact, many lymphomas may grow very slowly and not demonstrate any appreciable change in size over a few years. I advise you to seek out medical evaluation, if for no other reason than peace of mind. ...Read more

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What should I do for swollen lymph nodes?

What should I do for swollen lymph nodes?

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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Dr. John Comisi
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Swollen Glands (Definition)

Swollen glands is also known as Enlarged lymph nodes. Swollen glands usually refers to enlarged lymph nodes. Lymph nodes may become enlarged during an infection as the nodes fill ...Read more