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Causes Of Enlarged Cervical Lymph Nodes
Inflammation: Enlarged lymph nodes occur when the immune system is active in a part of the body (a regional factory and distibution site for inflammatory cells which travel from the bloodstream and into the lymphatic fluid). Sources of inflammation in the lungs include infection, autoimmune disorders, injury of lung tissue, chronic respiratory inflammation, and malignancies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various causes: Most likely cause in an infection of some type. Get some heat on it and see if it improves. If it does not improve over the next couple of days, please get in to be see. If you are having fever, get in now. There are many different types of infection that could cause this. Cancer is another sours of lymph node enlargement, but is less likely. Make sure you get seen if it does not improve. ...Read more
Could be many?: Swollen lymph nodes could indicate an infection by bacteria, virus or fungus. It could mean infiltration by tumor. The significance would be determined by your clinical presentatiion. Older patient? Younger patinet? Known acute illness? Known or unknown cancer? The lymph nodes above the clavicles drain/filter the head and neck. If this is new i would get checked. If old, ?. See md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thyroid cancer: Yes if it had metatisized. (spread).Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Various things: Lymph nodes enlargement can be caused by various reasons- among them would include- infection ( especially in the arm pit- infection of the root of the hair is common), inflammation, wound/trauma/scratches etc, malignancy - for instance- spread from adjacent organ like breast, or lymphoma etc. Infection would be the most common, see your doc and have yourself checked. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: However, if you tend to be over-anxious and you're a young adult, you'll start noticing the lymph nodes that everybody has in their necks. A dangerous node is obviously very abnormal clinically. You need to learn to ignore the ones that aren't fixed to surrounding structures, stony-hard / tire-rubber hard, and not deforming. Please talk with your physician about overcoming these kinds of fear ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uncommon: Most enlarged lymph nodes are due to a response to an infection such as a viral or bacterial infection. The exception would be a drug rash called "serum sickness" where there is fever, swollen lymph nodes, hive-like rash and joint symptoms. Other more serious causes can result in swollen lymph nodes such as tumors like lymphoma. ...Read more
It's not THAT big: "Enlarged" is a matter of opinion. Any why do you ask? Unless you feel obviously sick, or a lymph node in your neck is rock-hard, fixed to surronding structures that it shouldn't be, or oversized enough for everybody to notice, it's your friend. It's helping you stay healthy. Leave it alone and stop worrying. I'm had a 1.5 cm submental node since med school. ...Read more
Could stomach cancer cause an enlarged posterior cervical lymph node (back of neck)? Or is stomach cancer most often associated with clavicular nodes?
Normal lymph nodes: Have a kidney bean appearance with fat in the central part of the node. This configuration usually persists when nodes are enlarged by a benign inflammatory response. Nodes involved with cancer cells often loose the central fat, enlarge asymmetrically, have an irregular outer surface, and show increased blood flow in the outer surface of the node. ...Read more
Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. A lymph node "tastes" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. You can feel them then. ...Read more
Had a CTA of Abdomen Retroperitoneal :
Multiple sub pathologic lymph nodes the largest of which measures .68x.53cm. Lymph nodes reactive. Lymphoma?
Swollen gland: Likely what you are describing is something called lymphadenopathy, which is swelling and inflammation of lymph nodes. This can lead to pain and can be aggravated by movement, depending on the location of the swollen lymph node. Generally speaking, most lymphadenopathy is caused by infectious processes. This could be viral or bacterial. Other causes can be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more
Three swollen cervical lymph nodes all on left side of neck some ear pain doctor HS seen one of them says wait 2 month fbc normal should I be worried?
Lymph nodes: The lymph nodes usually enlarge as response to an infection in the vicinity.It lasts maximum 2-3 weeks and as the infection goes away (with antibiotics usually) the lymph nodes disappear. Outside this scenario, i would be worried and demand further investigation (ct is appropriate, a blood smear and CBC with differential, as well as a bmp with enzymes markers analysis) up to an excision biopy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can autoimmune disorders cause permanent swollen/enlarged cervical lymph nodes? I have hashimotos of the thyroid
Cervical MRI revealed enlarged left retropharyngeal and deep cervical lymph nodes. What can cause this? Ultrasounds have been inconsistent in findings
9 yr old daughter 2 enlarged cervical lymph nodes, mobile @ 4 wks normal CBC and U/S, at 6 wks inguilar nodes starting to enlarge. Reason to worry?
Lymphadenopathy: Did you mean inguinal nodes? A variety of causes. Here is some general information: https://patient.info/health/swollen-lymph-glands Recommend for specifics and to work out how reassured or otherwise you should be about your normal tests seek a consult with a doctor licensed in your area as will need a good history and re-examination to help properly answer your question here. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many things: Lymph nodes enlarge when they are doing their job properly, fighting inflammation. This could be a viral or bacterial or fungal infection, reaction to dental or gingival disease, or less often, malignancies. Chains of nodes drain from different areas and it might help to know whether this is behind or in front of the muscle running diagonally from the jay angle to the collarbone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cervical lymph nodes enlarged 7days ago due to illness..how long til they shrink? Have been feeling better past 5 days
It may take several: weeks for them to go down. It takes a while after being sick. ...Read more
Are there lymph nodes in the lower back area? Are they near the surface that if they get enlarged can be felt like for example cervical lymph nodes?
Yes: There are chains of lymph nodes in the back of the neck on both sides, called posterior chain nodes. There are also anterior chain nodes. Nodes which can be felt may be associated with infection, irritation or sometimes oncologic reasons. Regardless, nodes should be brought to your physician's attention to be documented and measured. A followup visit is what I usually do in two weeks. ...Read more
Is it true that palpable posterior cervical lymph nodes are mostly malignant? Is a palpable node always enlarged?
No, yes: It may be inflammatory in nature...possible infection/infestation of scalp. They have to enlarge to be palpable. ...Read more
I have had enlarged supraclavicular and posterior cervical lymph nodes for 3 years. Since I've had them so long do you think they aren't serious?
It is worrisome: Lymph nodes swell when there is something wrong. It can be something as simple as a sinus infection or as serious as cancer, HIV/AIDS, or syphilis. The only way to decide if is is "serious" is to determine what is causing it. Three years of supraclavicular lymphadenopathy would make me worry about the possibility of lymphoma (a type of blood cancer). See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
For 1/2-1 yr, I have enlarged neck (cervical) lymph nodes. Always a large 1 (size of thumbprint) on left neck & sometimes smaller 1s too.Lymphoma?
??: There are many causes of enlarged cervical lymph nodes.Any diagnosis online would be guessing.First see doctor to diagnose if it is lymph node or something else.Good luck. ...Read more
For 1/2-1 yr, I have enlarged neck (cervical) lymph nodes. Always a large 1 (size of thumbprint) on left neck & sometimes smaller 1s too.
Lympadenopathy: enlarged lymphnodes can be common and the thoughts of a serious cause such as lymphoma is always in the back of ones head. O good complete history and physical exam is important as well as some routine testing, including at the least a cbc-diff. The definitive diagnosis however for chronic lymphnode enlargement is a biopsy. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both cervical lymph nodes enlarged on both sides of my neck, but my right lymph node seems to be more enlarged than the other one. No pain. Why?
Infection: Lymph nodes usually enlarge to fight off infection. That is their primary function. If they are larger than one centimeter (about a half inch) or if there are many of them and they are not going away, then see your doctor to make sure they are normal and not a cause for concern. ...Read more
I have a very large, very painful cervical lymph nodes with no cause, eventually had to go to accident and emergency unit because pain was unbearable. Doc wasnt very concerned, gave me anti inflammatories. Should I be concerned?
Not yet: A virus infection is the most likely cause. It should go away within a week or so. Sometimes the virus is mononucleosis, which usually causes severe fatigue. Occasionally a bacteria infects lymph nodes, in which case an antibiotic is needed. See your primary care doctor later next week if not improving. ...Read more
Cervical lymph nodes enlarged overnight a few weeks ago-with Fever chills. Have gone down somewhat but R node still pretty big. Why one big?
Lymph node: Lymph nodes usually suddenly grow in size because the are reacting to a local infection, in your cause the throat, the ear, or the sinus. Also, the lymph node can itself become infected. This is called cervical lymphadenitis and it is treated with antibiotics. ...Read more
Could there be a relation between my chronic hives and enlarged painless inguinal and cervical lymph nodes?
Yes: Yes, there could be a relationship between these symptoms. I would suggest visiting a physician and getting a full history and physical examination. Best wishes. ...Read more
PET/CT report says upper deep level 3-4 cervical lymph nodes enlarged & uptake of 2.2 SUVmax. Are level 3-4 actually lower deep level nodes?
Nodes: They regions of the neck. Level 3 is mid neck, anterior to the SCM. Level 4 is low neck above clavicle and anterior to SCM ...Read more
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