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Causes Of Overactive Lymph Glands
Many causes: Enlargememt of the lymphnodes can be anything from infections to allergies to malignancy you need a full history and phsical along with labs and a chest xray. ...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. The lymph nodes "taste" 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 your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. ...Read more
I have a swollen lymph node at the side of my neck and last night I discovered that a gland is swollen at the back of my neck what may cause this?
Yes: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head & behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks. ...Read more
See below: Most commonly, lymph glands swell in response to infection and inflammation. This is what they should do as they help the body ward off these conditions. Less commonly but moer importantly, they become cancerous. If they are growing or have been enlarged for longer than 2-4 wekks, see your doctor. ...Read more
If it gets infected: Lymph nodes swell up to help protect the body from outside invasions like infections. If this is not the case your physician can tell about other causes on your examination. ...Read more
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
Have progressive bulgar palsy. I was told it was caused by cancer. I had cancer in one lymph gland and it has been removed. How can it cause palsy.
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
Possible cause of pain in swollen bump (lymph node? Gland?) in l labia major that can be felt from rolling fingers over l outside/top and middle? 22.
Many causes: It is difficult to tell from your description. It is not a lymph node. It could be plug up gland. The best is to see a doc. ...Read more
Yes and maybe...: Gingivitis will start a response in your immune system that would potentially involve lymph nodes in your neck. Oral infection does not however directly recruit lymph nodes in the groin area. While it's possible you have a systemic condition that is affecting both areas, it may be multiple problems at the same time. Brush & floss daily; see your dentist & your physician. ...Read more
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Left side (lymph gland)groin, has lump and I have small rash at base of spine (shingles).Is shingles cause?
Lets review your que: Shingles usually causes a rash in a dermatome pattern and does not cross the midline. Before the rash appears, there usually and increased sensation/pain in skin/area--sometimes will occur before the rash appears. The rash is raised and looks like chicken pox. The herpes virus lays dormant in the spinal column and sometimes later in life/stress/chemo/immunosuppression the painful rash will appear. ...Read more
Yes: Certain adenoviruses can cause these problems.Get a more detailed answer ›
What would cause a 4mm hypoechoic nodule in left lobe of thyroid gland, along with prominent bilateral cervical lymph nodes as found in a neck US?
Thyroid cyst: It sounds like you have a simple thyroid cyst and possiblt a couple of reactive nodes that may be within normal. Why did you have an ultrasound? 4mm cysts is not palpable. I would recommend regular 6-12 month follow up. It is low risk for neoplastic pathology based on your description. ...Read more
I have enlarged lymph glands in the groin. Does this warrant further testing? What could cause this? I'm a breast cancer survivor of ten years.
If nedded, bx: The presence of a persistent lesion in the groin should be evaluated. If 1 cm or > and no primary cause, then biopsy should be performed. Many breast cancers are associated with the MMTV virus. This same virus can enter the Wnt-1 gene of the lymphocyte to induce transformation to lymphoma, so that care must be taken not to miss such a lesion. ...Read more
Does a chest x Ray reveal enlarged lymph nodes in neck area such as under the thymus gland caused by lymphoma?
The thymus gland: Is not in the neck, it is in the chest (anterior mediastinum). If the lymph nodes get large enough, the chest xray will be abnormal. However, a chest xray is not a reliable way to rule out adenopathy, because the lymph nodes have to get quite bulky to show up. CT is a much more sensitive and specific test for mediastinal adenopathy. ...Read more
Feeling well but woke up with very painful lumps behind each ear...Now my front lymph glands are also up. But no sore throat. Not sure of cause?
I have a sore throat but I can't tell if its strep throat cause I have no lymph glands no more but it hurt to eat, drink and talk can it b step or sore?
Streph Throat Test: Please get a streph throat test - don't guess. ...Read more
Can a long-term wisdom tooth eruption cause symptoms like swollen lymph nodes under chin, behind ear and enlarged gland right under the tongue?
Yes, It is infection: Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 16 and 25. However, sometimes they appear many years later. If you are experiencing pain, swollen lymph nodes and it does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist for evaluation, x-ray and wisdom teeth removal. ...Read more
Ultherapy: I have performed Ultherapy since 2010 and have never seen someone present after this procedure with lymphadenopathy. ...Read more
I have had swollen glands in my neck and pelvic area since March and I’m not sure if it’s a cause for concern. The lymph nodes aren't very big.
Watch and wait:
If you do not have any symptoms you may watch and wait. You may feel the nodes every couple of weeks, if any of the lymph glands doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, or lose weight, you should see a doctor.
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Yes: Impacted wisdom teeth that are symptomatic can contribute to pain and swelling of the lymph nodes. ...Read more
What could cause painful (difficulty) swallowing, swollen tonsils, red throat, swollen lymph glands and earache?
Infection?: Sounds infectious. Need to see your doctor. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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