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Do I need a biopsy if my lymph node is big and sore?

Do I need a biopsy if my lymph node is big and sore?

Doubtful: How long has it been that way, is it fixed to underlying tissue or mobile, is continuing to enlarge, where is it located, do you know what may have caused it to enlarge? Watch this for a while. If it does not begin to resolve, seek physician input. ...Read more

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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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I have a lump in my neck however the ENT said it is a swollen lymph node, why is it swollen and how do I fix it?

I have a lump in my neck however the ENT said it is a swollen lymph node, why is it swollen and how do I fix it?

Removal: There are 300 lymph nodes in the head and neck and all respond to infection. Persistent swelling over 4 weeks is worrisome. Temporary swelling is not. Needle biopsy or excision can be diagnostic. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a swollen neck lymph node that went away with antibiotics? They did a CT and now want a biopsy.

Too much: Too soon. Nodes will take some time to "go back to normal". Rush to imaging will "still see things". Perhaps the tempo is fine, but you didn't tell me. I would ultrasound a node to see its character, and consider biopsy if it does not shrink and go away, but would not be in a rush to do that. If the node grows, does not go away, biopsy in order. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes?

What to do if I have a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes?

Pharyngitis: Sore throat with swollen lymph nodes and fever may suggest strep throat, though may be a viral pharyngitis, too. Would be prudent to see your provider, perhaps have a rapid strep test and/or throat culture. Strep throat requires antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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How can I know if a lump is a swollen lymph node?

How can I know if a lump is a swollen lymph node?

Site of origin: Lumps represent any palpable mass anywhere in the body. An enlarged lymph node is also a lump when palpated. One however can suspect a node when present along major lymph node chains such as in the femoral tri angle along femoral vein, in the axilla along along the axillary vein and in the neck in the region of the jugular vein. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sore throat on one side with no swollen lymph nodes?

What to do if I have a sore throat on one side with no swollen lymph nodes?

Some options: Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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I have had swollen lymph nodes for over a month that haven't got any smaller, is there a chance i would need a lymph node biopsy?

I have had swollen lymph nodes for over a month that haven't got any smaller, is there a chance i would need a lymph node biopsy?

See physician.: Swollen lymph nodes can be caused by infection or tumor. You should consult physician forr physical exam. Physician accordingly may order imaging in form of chest xray, ultrasound, and or ct.Sometimes blood tests are also performed. Biopsy would be determined by size and configuration of nodes. ...Read more

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I have a lump the size of a golf ball below chin. Had a CT and blood work not thyroid, not swollen lymph node, and not infection. What could it be?

I have a lump the size of a golf ball below chin. Had a CT and blood work not thyroid, not swollen lymph node, and not infection. What could it be?

Cyst: If one canbe sure that the lesionis not a submental node, thyroid is found below the hyoid bone and not in a submental position. L the most common pathology is a thyroglossal duct cytst. ...Read more

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My lymph nodes are swollen so big that it is very painful to swallow, what should I do? I just got over a cold, but i still have a slight cough and stuffy nose. Now my lymph nodes are swollen so big it is very painful to swallow. I don't have a sore throa

My lymph nodes are swollen so big that it is very painful to swallow, what should I do? I just got over a cold, but i still have a slight cough and stuffy nose. Now my lymph nodes are swollen so big it is very painful to swallow. I don't have a sore throa

Hello. : Hello. Your symptoms can't be diagnosed over an email format. However, since swollen lymph nodes are prominent after an upper respiratory infection, possibly it was mononucleosis. This is actually quite easy for the doctor to test for. I suggest being evaluated. In the meantime, warm salt water gargles four times a day can sometimes ameliorate the soreness some. ...Read more

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What to do if I have one swollen lymph node in my neck. I believe it is cpuld be the cause for this one lymph node doing this?

What to do if I have one swollen lymph node in my neck. I believe it is cpuld be the cause for this one lymph node doing this?

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

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I have a lump deep under armpit thats sore to touch an a lymph node for 2years on and of dr thinks its a cyst and given antibiotics, but im worried?

I have a lump deep under armpit thats sore to touch an a lymph node for 2years on and of dr thinks its a cyst and given antibiotics, but im worried?

Listen to doc: Your doctor knows your personal history and should be giving you a proper diagnosis based on that and he/she is actually there to see the condition to make a diagnosis. I agree with your doctor, from the sounds of it it sounds like a cyst. No need to worry, continue to take your medication as prescribed and you should be fine :]. ...Read more

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I have had a swollen lymph node behind my ear for my entire life. It is not painful and doesn't grow should I tell my doctor?

I have had a swollen lymph node behind my ear for my entire life. It is not painful and doesn't grow should I tell my doctor?

Yes: Always good to show your doctor when examined so that it can be documented as to characteristics and size in case something changes. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a blister on my back gum, sore lymph node, and it hurts to swallow?

See your dentist: Your description sounds like you have an acute abscess. You need to see your dentist as soon as possible for evaluation and determine what treatment is indicated before more serious problems occur. ...Read more

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Had a cold sore and a moderately swollen lymph node pop up a day or two ago. Lymph node is about the size of small marble. Tender too. Overall I feel great though. Thoughts? Normal? I have read that it is common to get swollen lymph nodes with/herpes

Had a cold sore and a moderately swollen lymph node pop up a day or two ago. Lymph node is about the size of small marble. Tender too. Overall I feel great though. Thoughts? Normal? I have read that it is common to get swollen lymph nodes with/herpes

Keep watch: A local lymph node usually gets large with primary herpes infection, which is what you may have had. Watch the lymph node and assess its size every week. If it doubles in size, other lymph nodes become larger, you get fever or the node becomes painful, it would be prudent to consult a doctor. ...Read more

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How do I know if a lumps is a cyst or lipoma? It's right under my rib, hard and the size of a marble. Doctor won't biopsy

How do I know if a lumps is a cyst or lipoma? It's right under my rib, hard and the size of a marble. Doctor won't biopsy

See below: A lipoma is soft not hard.You can go to a general sugeon who can remove it and it will be checked by a pathologist.Chances are very likely it is something benign.Good kuck. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have one swollen lymph node? I also have an unbearably soar throat, i'm assuming its either mono or strep throat. Either way i need to see a physician, but I am currently without insurance. The lymph node that is swollen is on the left s

Is it unusual to have one swollen lymph node? I also have an unbearably soar throat, i'm assuming its either mono or strep throat. Either way i need to see a physician, but I am currently without insurance. 
The lymph node that is swollen is on the left s

If : If you have been exposed to someone with strep throat, then you should be evaluated and treated. Untreated strep throat can have other more serious complications. You should be evaluated. There are several urgent cares available that have generous policies for patients without insurance. Call around and see if you can find an option that you can afford. ...Read more

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I have a hard, painless immovable swollen node behind right ear. Dr was concerned and said if doesn't go down in a week need to get tests. Cancer?

I have a hard, painless immovable swollen node behind right ear. Dr was concerned and said if doesn't go down in a week need to get tests. Cancer?

ENT evaluation first: Lymph nodes act as filters to trap and destroy infection and prevent it from spreading. The nodes behind the ear can become enlarged from infections of the ear canal, scalp and possibly other sites. The fact that it is hard and painless is somewhat concerning. If it doesn't get smaller a referral for a careful ENT evaluation should be done first, and if no malignancy is seen a biopsy is in order. ...Read more

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Why is my doctor doing a biopsy of my lymph node?

Why is my doctor doing a biopsy of my lymph node?

Make a diagnosis: You have given very little information, so my answer must be very general. A biopsy of a lymph node is done almost always when the node in question is enlarged, and so the biopsy is to see why: is there cancer, whether lymphoma or metastatic cancer, or is there infection, or is there some other condition such as sarcoidosis? Only a biopsy can give a definitive answer. ...Read more

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