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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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Help please! could castor oil over a swollen lymph node be dangerous?

Not at all: 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 created when they react. Castor oil will have no effect. ...Read more

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How long do swollen lymph nodes last before they reduce? And are they supposed to be painful?

How long do swollen lymph nodes last before they reduce? And are they supposed to be painful?

Days-to-months: Depending on the cause of the swelling of the lymph nodes, they can last for days-to-months (for infections.). ...Read more

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Young male child with swollen lymph nodes?

Young male child with swollen lymph nodes?

See your doctor: Any child with enlarged lymph nodes should have a visit to his/her pediatrician. Most enlargement of lymph nodes are what we called reactive enlargement, because it is usually associated with an infectious process, like sore throat, ear infection, etc. Now, enlargement of lymph nodes that are persistent, above certain size or in certain places can be the the first sign of more severe diseases. ...Read more

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What could cause long term swollen lymph nodes?

What could cause long term swollen lymph nodes?

Possible tumor: Lymph nodes enlarge due to presence of infection, primary neoplasms of nodes or metastatic disease to nodes. With an inflammatory process, over time the nodes will regress especially if inf. treated. If nodes persist, feel firm, have enlarged somewhat, then bx indicated to rule out source of problem ...Read more

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Why do I have swollen lymph nodes all over the body?

Why do I have swollen lymph nodes all over the body?

Medical eval: Global lymphadenopathy is not normal. Recommend medical assessment to know. ...Read more

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What can swollen lymph nodes fixed to surrounding structures cause?

What can swollen lymph nodes fixed to surrounding structures cause?

Lymphadenopathy: If lymph nodes are sufficiently enlarged they can impinge upon and obstruct passages otherwise open, extend their disease (if any) into adjacent structures or damage them with pressure. Much of this obviously depends upon the cause of the lymphatic enlargement. If this is malignancy it is very different than reactive lymphadenopathy. Good luck. ...Read more

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My back and and swollen lymph nodes for 3 months, what do you recommend?

See doctor ASAP: I assume you mean you have back pain and swollen lymph nodes. You should see a doctor promptly. Chronically swollen lymph nodes may be due to cancer. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an increase in # of swollen lymph nodes, need help gauging options?

See a doctor soon: Enlarged lymph nodes always require medical evaluation. Two things cause it: infection or cancer. You have not given me enough information to allow me even to guess which is your problem. But mine would be only a guess. See a doctor soon. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in left groin. Advice/tips?

Need physical exam: Swollen lymph nodes are never normal. You really need to be examined by a physician to figure out what is going on. Many times, infections can be the cause of swollen lymph nodes in the groin but there are many other causes. Please don't wait and ask your pcp to take a look and help you figure out what is going on. I hope this helps. Best wishes, ariel. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Futterweit
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Castor Oil (Definition)

Castor oil is a laxative which is a ...Read more