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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Swollen Glands (Definition)

Swollen glands = inflamed lymph nodes (doesn't actually ...Read more


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I have enlarged lymph nodes (groin, abdomen, cervical) nausea, fullness, low grade fever, but all my labs came back relatively normal. Now what?

Lymphadenopathy: Do you have any recent infections? Persistent lymphadeopathy without clear infection should be further evaluted such as biopsy. Is your spleen enlarged (what is fullness)? What blood work have you done so far? See a hematologist. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have enlarged lymph nodes in the abdomen? In a 12 year old? Was told that this something often seen in young girls?

Is it normal to have enlarged lymph nodes in the abdomen? In a 12 year old? Was told that this something often seen in young girls?

Enlarged lymph nodes: In the abdomen, was that on an imaging study or by physical exam? At any rate it is common to have some enlarged lymph nodes in a region where there is an infection or inflammation, that how the lymph system functions till infection/inflammation is cleared. Whether it is often seen in young girls, is somehow a vague statement! ...Read more

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What does enlarged lymph nodes in the abdomen that showed up on a CT scan mean?

What does enlarged lymph nodes in the abdomen that showed up on a CT scan mean?

Something or Nothing: Depends in the situation. It could be a normal response to an infection or injury or could be something serious like lymphoma. Your doctor can help decide whether more investigation is needed or not. ...Read more

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Recent ultrasound of neck showed 3 abnormal but not enlarged lymph nodes. US of abdomen was normal as well as blood work for liver, kidneys and thyro?

Recent ultrasound of neck showed 3 abnormal but not enlarged lymph nodes. US of abdomen was normal as well as blood work for liver, kidneys and thyro?

Have Dr. Monitor: Depending if the nodes are on only one side or large, hard or soft, pea-size or marble size will determine what your doctor will do to make sure that nothing dangerous is happening. Good that your blood work and imaging are normal. If your nodes have been enlarged for some time, s/he will continue monitoring you. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged lymph node under my arm where I got the flu shot. I also have an enlarged lymph node in my abdomen. Can these two be related?

I have an enlarged lymph node under my arm where I got the flu shot. I also have an enlarged lymph node in my abdomen. Can these two be related?

Lymphadenopathy: Possible, but not likely. This needs a full history and exam and possibly some labs and imaging studies for accurate diagnosis and this can only be done face to face with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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My liver enzymes were over 400 with enlarged lymph nodes around the liver, could that also cause the major headache I had also?

My liver enzymes were over 400 with enlarged lymph nodes around the liver, could that also cause the major headache I had also?

Lymph nodes: If there are enlarged lymph nodes with liver function changes, you should have one of the lymph nodes evaluated. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph nodes around the liver veins/arteries?

Enlarged lymph nodes around the liver veins/arteries?

Nodes are of porta: The liveer sits in the upper rt abdomen right under diaphragm. The outflow of the liver is at the porta hepatis, Here the common duct outflow is present with inflow of the protal vein. The hepatic artery enters the porta at this point to feed the liver. Associated lymph nodes are in close proximity to the portal vessel structures extending down to surface of the duodenum. ...Read more

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Does Irritable bowel have a connection with enlarged lymph nodes?

Does Irritable bowel have a connection with enlarged lymph nodes?

Probably not: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is a symptom-based diagnosis characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort and, bloating, It has no known organic cause but may be initiated after a GI iinfectious process or some interaction with the CNS. Abnormalities can exist with the GI flora and in rare instances enlarges mesenteric nodes but not regional cutaneous nodes. ...Read more

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I have enlarged lymph nodes between pancreas and liver. I had enlarge lymph nodes in neck. Neg for Hodgkin a year ago. Should I be worried?

I have enlarged lymph nodes between pancreas and liver. I had enlarge lymph nodes in neck. Neg for Hodgkin a year ago. Should I be worried?

Not really: Enlarged lymph nodes of concern are either inflammatory or malignant. If nodes in neck which are a common site for lymphoma were neg. For Hodgkins, then the chance of other sites are minimal for lymphoma. Nodes between pancreas and liver are usually those draining the liver from inflammatory or malignant lesions of the liver. If scan of liveri neg for malignancy then nodes would be inflammatory ...Read more

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My son is 6, for 3 years he has bleeding from the bowel, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, ldh level 487, low hemoglobin, what could this be?

My son is 6, for 3 years he has bleeding from the bowel, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, ldh level 487, low hemoglobin, what could this be?

Bleeding: This history causes me some concern. I hope he is under the care of a physician and if not he needs to see one as soon as possible as this could be serious. See your physician! ...Read more

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What are some causes of new and enlarged lymph node in the abdomen? Tests ruled out: infection, acid, leak, twisted and kinked bowels/intestines.

What are some causes of new and enlarged lymph node in the abdomen? Tests ruled out: infection, acid, leak, twisted and kinked bowels/intestines.

It depends---: We need to know the medical history in terms of any symptoms/ medical complaints....especially why was your abdomen checked? What test did they use? US or CT scan. What was the size of the lymph nodes? . If the nodes are significant they will produce some symptoms. Then you should get repeat imaging studies done to see if the nodes get any larger or not. Right now I would not worry unless they grow ...Read more

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Can a enlarged lymph node in the abdomen be contagious? Is it caused by a viral infection?

Can a enlarged lymph node in the abdomen be contagious? Is it caused by a viral infection?

See below: It depends on the cause. Symptoms like these can only be adequately diagnosed through a thorough evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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CT report says small lymph nodes throughout small bowel mesentery, but says no significant lymphadenopathy is seen. Normal blood work. Worried? Normal?

CT report says small lymph nodes throughout small bowel mesentery, but says no significant lymphadenopathy is seen. Normal blood work. Worried? Normal?

Lymphadenopathy: Hi, these lymph nodes could be just reactive lymph nodes, it means you possibly had some kind of inflammation in ur gut and caused the lymph nodes to react, if you have no other symptoms like night sweat, weight loss, fever then I suggest that you repeat the CT in 6 months.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I was wondering are enlarged lymph nodes visible?

Can be: If the enlargement occurs in the neck, and is significant, then it is easily seen. In the chest and abdomen, no. In the armpit and groin, it depends on who is looking and how carefully. ...Read more

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What causes enlarged lymph nodes of the lungs?

What causes enlarged lymph nodes of the lungs?

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 more

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What to do if I have three enlarged lymph nodes in my neck should I be concerned?

What to do if I have three enlarged lymph nodes in my neck should I be concerned?

If persistent, yes: Large palpable lymph nodes in the neck are not consistent with normal findings. Depending on size, and presence of tenderness and if along the jugular chain, they should be carefully watched. Any increase in number and further enlargement in size should cause suspicion of underlying pathology and require surgical excision of one node for bx rather than aspiration. ...Read more

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What infections are there that cause enlarged lymph nodes I've been told there is loads?

Many: It is a long list. Bacterial infections like strep commonly cause enlarged nodes. Tb, fungal infections and virus infections (like infectious mono) all can cause lymph node enlargement. Persistently enlarged, or growing nodes need medical evaluation. ...Read more

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If enlarged lymph nodes didn't change in size for 10 months Is that mean they are not cancer?

If enlarged lymph nodes didn't change in size for 10 months Is that mean they are not cancer?

Not necessarily: Often nodes enlarge in reaction to inflammation or infection. However, one can't know if nodes are enlarged due to a malignancy or other causes based only on if they have changed size over 10 months. Recommend assessment. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have enlarged lymph nodes in the neck? Because I can't tell what im suppose to see or feel

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 enlarged lymph nodes in my chest ranging from 12.9-16.3mm, and what size should I be concerned or get a biopsy.

Not now: A ln must get to be 2 cm (20 mm) to be considered enlarged. Based on your medication list you are being treated for infection. Ln "enlarge" as part of the healthy response to infection. No concern here. ...Read more

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What is the chance to have HIV when 2 -ve 4th generation tests are negative after 6 months but still enlarged lymph nodes?

What is the chance to have HIV when 2 -ve 4th generation tests are negative after 6 months but still enlarged lymph nodes?

No chance: The 4th generation HIV tests are among the most accurate tests ever developed, for any medical condition. The results prove you do not have HIV. Anyway, HIV is a rare cause of enlarged lymph nodes; many other causes are much more likely. Keep working with your doctor on this. ...Read more

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I have 6 enlarged lymph nodes on the left side of my neck. Just had one removed for biopsy yesterday. What could this be caused by?

I have 6 enlarged lymph nodes on the left side of my neck. Just had one removed for biopsy yesterday. What could this be caused by?

Let us wait: We have to wait for biopsy results. You have not described any other symptoms. It is hard to guess at this stage. ...Read more

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Inactive sarcoidosis w/enlarged lymph nodes, but nodes have grown 3mm more...Is this an indication that sarcoidosis is active again?

See details: That difference is minimal. However, the presence of enlarged nodes suggest that the disease is active although not active enough to be symptomatic. ...Read more

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How can I treat enlarged lymph nodes?

See a doctor: Enlarged lymph nodes have many causes. You should see a health care professional to evaluate the cause. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of enlarged lymph nodes bad?

If large, and hard: Lymphadenopathy comes with infections and other condition like lymphoma---how many lymph node, how large, how hard?

Need doctor evaluation not just to figure why but also to treat infection, like cat scratch or more serious. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in enlarged lymph nodes?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if there is bacteria/viruses/ cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge/hard in response to the inflammation created when they react. Sx - pain, feeling the node. ...Read more

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Are hard immovable enlarged lymph nodes always bad?

It depends: It depends on the cause which can be either inflammatory (Infections like TB) or Granulomas like Sarcoid are not all that dangerous but if they are enlarged due to cancer, then it depends on which type of Cancer (Lymphomas are treatable but other Cancers are more serious. ...Read more

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Can strep cause enlarged lymph nodes?

Yes: Streptoccocal infections can cause enlarged lymph nodes in your neck. ...Read more

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Why do they do cxr with enlarged lymph nodes?

Check for more nodes: There can be a question as to the cause of the lymph node enlargement and the cxr is being obtained to look for evidence of node enlargement in the chest or any suggestion of tumor. ...Read more

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What causes enlarged lymph nodes near or on aorta?

What causes enlarged lymph nodes near or on aorta?

Enlarged Lymph Nodes: I assume these were seen on a ct scan. They could be from many different causes. Lymph nodes enlarge from inflammation, infection, cancer. I would talk to your doctor about the findings. They know your history and can give you an idea about why they are enlarged. ...Read more

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How do I know if enlarged lymph nodes are cancerous?

How do I know if enlarged lymph nodes are cancerous?

Biopsy: The only way to know for sure is to undergo a biopsy. This can be tricky for lymph nodes since the nonsurgical approach that we favor (needle biopsy) may sometimes provide insufficient tissue for definitive diagnosis, necessitating surgical excisional biopsy. Often, we can safely watch enlarged lymph nodes in the right clinical situation. ...Read more

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What do enlarged lymph nodes in the chest feel like?

What do enlarged lymph nodes in the chest feel like?

Varies: In most cases you would feel nothing. It is only when the nodes are significantly enlarged and cause pressure on other areas of the chest that symptoms occur. Symptoms could result in pressure, cough or pain. ...Read more

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Is enlarged lymph nodes a usual symptom of sporotrichosis?

Not usually: The disease is caused by an infection of a type of fungus. It usually involves the skin and lymph channels but not the lymph nodes. I recommend speaking with your physician to have an evaluation of the area in which the lymph nodes are located to see if further evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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Can having a thymoma also have enlarged lymph nodes nearby?

Can having a thymoma also have enlarged lymph nodes nearby?

Enlarged lymph node: Where is the enlarged lymph node? Any unusually enlarged lymph node, if not from infection/inflammation, should be evaluated.
Thymoma is a benign tumor, usually do not cause lymphadenopathy.
Thymic carcinoma, however, is a cancer and can spread to local lymph node in advanced stage.
Hope helps. ...Read more

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Can enlarged lymph nodes be like the same shape as a chicklet?

While usually ovoid,: A chicklet-sized lumplet could be a small node. Change, pain, duration all important in discerning nexts steps. ...Read more