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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?

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 more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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I'm 23 yo male. Had pericoronitis last week and now have cold. I accidently found that my right side cervical lymph node is swollen. Should I worry?

I'm 23 yo male. Had pericoronitis last week and now have cold. I accidently found that my right side cervical lymph node is swollen. Should I worry?

Infection: You don't need to worry, but you should see your dentist again to get antibiotics if there is an infection. I assume you learned about the pericoronitis from your dentist? In that case either the area should be cleaned, the wisdom tooth removed, or excess tissue removed to prevent it from happening again. ...Read more

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Cervical lymph nodes swollen for a year. Send rate elevated at 28 but Cbc was normal. Should I worry about lymphoma? Took antibiotics with no help.

Cervical lymph nodes swollen for a year. Send rate elevated at 28 but Cbc was normal. Should I worry about lymphoma? Took antibiotics with no help.

Lymphadenopathy: A year is a long time to have enlarged lymph Nodes and given your Hashimotos, it is possibly an autoimmune lymphadenopathy. You may need to set an oncology consult to properly Evaluate, perhaps even a diagnostic biopsy tissue examined by a hematopathologist to rule out a chronic type or indolent lymphoma. Check out chapters in our book, Nonneoplastic hematopathology. For more info. Take care. ...Read more

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It is possible for a common person to seek and find their cervical lymph nodes although not swollen?

It is possible for a common person to seek and find their cervical lymph nodes although not swollen?

Yes: Everyone has cervical lymph nodes, which are normally the size and shape of small beans, less than 1 centimeter, smaller than a dime. If they are growing, if there are large numbers of them, or if they hurt, one can have a primary care doctor examine the nodes. ...Read more

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What causes the Superficial anterior cervical lymph nodes to become swollen and stay swollen for over a year?

Enlarged nodes: There are many conditions which can cause lymph node enlargement. Some of these conditions are benign and some are malignant. Your physician will probably suggest an FNA (fine needle aspirate) where a tiny needle is used to extract cells so a pathologist can examine them. Best of luck, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I just started working at a preschool obviously with lots of germs. Ever since I started my cervical lymph nodes have been swollen. Why?

Fighting infection: The most common reason to have recently enlarged lymph nodes is infection. It may be that you are fighting off infections that you are not even aware of. There are some other concerning things that can cause nodes to enlarge. These typically stay enlarged for several months, not just a few weeks. If you start having new symptoms or the nodes persist for months you should have them looked at. ...Read more

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How does a deep or posterior cervical swollen lymph node look like???

Small lump: Most posterior cervical nodes that are palpable represent metastasis to the posterior triangle of the neck, posterior to sternomastoid muscle. One can see a small nodular swelling if not palpate the structure. It usually is in close proximity to the 11th cervical n., the levator scapulae n. which must be preserved if one suspects a disease process where the node needs bx. ...Read more

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Which is better, MRI or CT scan, when trying to detect what's the nature of a cervical swollen lymph node? Is a CT scan of neck a lot of radiation?

Which is better, MRI or CT scan, when trying to detect what's the nature of a cervical swollen lymph node? Is a CT scan of neck a lot of radiation?

Clinical issue: Choice of imaging study will depend upon what is being looked for. The best way to approach finding out what this is, is to biopsy it, but the diagnostic approach may be to assess first the extent of involvement and other areas which may also have structural abnormalities. Ct carries a fair amount of radiation but may be necessary under these circumstances, and one ct not likely to be harmful. ...Read more

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If a spider bit my ear would my posterior cervical lymph nodes swell?

If a spider bit my ear would my posterior cervical lymph nodes swell?

Spider bite: Hello. Yes, a spider bite can induce posterior lymph node activation and swelling. See your doctor for a thorough evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What causes cervical lymph nodes to be reactive?

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 more

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What does thickened cortex of cervical lymph nodes mean?

What does thickened cortex of cervical lymph nodes mean?

Not much: The cortex of the lymph node can be thickened and is more of a descriptive term by pathologists. It is non-specific and can be seen in normal conditions, or in diseased conditions. This is typically information that the pathologist communicates to your primary care provider. ...Read more

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What could cause a firm, fixed mass that is slowly growing & is located in the region of the superior deep cervical lymph nodes?

Upper neck mass: Many possibilities. Parotid tumor, lymphoma, branchial cleft cyst are the more likely causes in a 26 year old. See ENT asap. ...Read more

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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

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Painful cervical lymph nodes what could cause this?

Likely infection: This could be a viral or bacterial infection. If your pain is increasing, not resolving or accompanied by fever, you should consult your doctor. ...Read more