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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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Neck MRI showed "several top-normal diam lymph nodes scattered about the left jugulo-digastric chain, most notable at left Level II" as well as lymphadenopathy. This is where my doc felt the supraclavicular "mass", as he called it. Also, I have been havi

Neck MRI showed "several top-normal diam lymph nodes scattered about the left jugulo-digastric chain, most notable at left Level II" as well as lymphadenopathy. This is where my doc felt the supraclavicular "mass", as he called it. Also, I have been havi

Not sure of question: It sounds like your doctor found a "mass" in your neck above your collar bone and recommended an MRI. This confirmed the presence of lymph nodes in the same area, some of which were slightly large, at the upper ("top normal") limit of normal. These could be reactive... responding to some inflammation/infection nearby or neoplastic (tumor). Depending on other symptoms, observation or biopsy is next ...Read more

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If enlarged lymph nodes in neck are because of cancer somewhere else would it have to be in an area close to the neck?

If enlarged lymph nodes in neck are because of cancer somewhere else would it have to be in an area close to the neck?

Yes and no...: Neck lymph nodes may become enlarged with tumors of the head and neck, such as squamous cell carcinoma of the throat. (Smokers are prone to this problem.) This is because the lymphatic channels in the neck will filter through neck nodes before draining into a larger vessel in the chest. In contrast, lymphoma is a tumor of lymph nodes themselves, and can cause enlargement of any node. ...Read more

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Can hsv1 cause enlarged lymph nodes in neck and collarbone?

Can hsv1 cause enlarged lymph nodes in neck and collarbone?

Yes: Hsv1, the virus that causes cold sores, can definitely make these lymph nodes enlarged. If you have an active sore on your mouth, and your neck and collarbone lymph nodes are enlarged and sore, they should improve as the sore improves. If you don't have a sore, they don't improve, or you have painless, enlarged lymph nodes, you should be examined by a doctor. Don't wait too long! ...Read more

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Can HSV cause enlarged lymph nodes in neck and collor bone?

Can HSV cause enlarged lymph nodes in neck and collor bone?

Depends: My answer is yes, it can - but off course it will depend on where is the location of the hsv infection. There are many other things that can cause lymph nodes enlargement. See you doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I've had enlarged lymph nodes in neck, throat, underarms, and groin since the first of the year, yet my internist is unconcerned. Should I be? I am.

Second opinion: Not sure without the benefit of examining you. Enlarged lymph nodes throughout the body coil indicate a problem. If you are concerned I would encourage you to obtain a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can muscle tension/anxiety cause enlarged lymph nodes in neck? Or submandible lymph region?

Can muscle tension/anxiety cause enlarged lymph nodes in neck? Or submandible lymph region?

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 more

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I have enlarged lymph nodes in neck and fatigue. I also have occasional pain under right rib cage and have been experiencing more acne.

I have enlarged lymph nodes in neck and fatigue. I also have occasional pain under right rib cage and have been experiencing more acne.

Mono-like: Sounds like a mononucleosis-like syndrome, which can have many causes, from epstein-barr virus. Cmv, toxoplasmosis, HIV and so on and so on. Go see a pcp and be thoroughly evaluated. This cannot be diagnosed over the internet. ...Read more

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Does a chest x Ray reveal enlarged lymph nodes in neck area such as under the thymus gland caused by lymphoma?

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

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I have a thyroid cyst, 10 enlarged lymph nodes in neck & 8 in groin, lung scarring, high k, low na, lower wbc, hypotension & a long list of symptoms?

I have a thyroid cyst, 10 enlarged lymph nodes in neck & 8 in groin, lung scarring, high k, low na, lower wbc, hypotension & a long list of symptoms?

Internist: You're not going to get a diagnosis in an on-line forum. You obviously have a complicated problem that will require a comprehensive evaluation. If your local doctor can't help, seek help at an academic center with a general internist. You're only 113 miles from DES moines. Ps, hi k and low na with low BP suggests addison's disease. ...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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Very swollen glands and lymph nodes in neck, when should I visit the doctor?

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 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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3 enlarged lymph nodes on left side neck one very noticeable on back of neck where head and neck meet this ones grown over 4 months??

Get eval: Always best to get chronic lymphadenopathy evaluated and tested to determine and assure it is not a serious issue. Best wishes. ...Read more

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To whom this may concern, my son has enlarged lymph nodes on one side of the neck and a significant amount of puss on 1 tonsil no throat pain.

To whom this may concern, my son has enlarged lymph nodes on one side of the neck and a significant amount of puss on 1 tonsil no throat pain.

Exudate: And lymph node enlargement is suggestive of an infectious process, likely viral. A throat culture could help you sort this out. Access is also a remote possibility, and would require immediate evaluation! ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck, that are all soft. Moveable and under 1cm except one is 1.5 cm. Temps of 99.2 frequently and chills? Been for 3 years!

Swollen lymph nodes in neck, that are all soft. Moveable and under 1cm except one is 1.5 cm. Temps of 99.2 frequently and chills? Been for 3 years!

Go to see MD: You should go to see your doctor and get yourself checked. There are different things like autoimmune disorder, infection, chronic inflammation or malignancy - at your age- hodgkin's lymphoma, testicular cancer are things to be ruled out. However since you mentioned that it has been there for 3 years -then hodgkin's, leukemia /ca would be less likely-as the problem. Go to see your doc for eval. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck and a hard, movable lump in armpit. Normal CBC from one week ago. Any idea what it can be? Very anxious right now.

Swollen lymph nodes in neck and a hard, movable lump in armpit. Normal CBC from one week ago. Any idea what it can be? Very anxious right now.

See details: Numerous issues can cause lymph node enlargement but the hard mass in the armpit does give one cause for concern. Without knowing your history and being able to examine the areas involved, it is difficult to give specific advice. However, I would urge a complete evaluation including ct scan if this persists. ...Read more

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I had a fever a couple days ago and have now discovered slightly enlarged lymph nodes on the back and side of my neck...should I be worried?

I had a fever a couple days ago and have now discovered slightly enlarged lymph nodes on the back and side of my neck...should I be worried?

Not yet: The lymph node enlargement is likely an appropriate response to your recent illness. Please see your healthcare provider if the swelling continues for more than a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph nodes in a 8 yr old my 8 year old son has had what his doctor described to me as a scarred lymph node on the right side of his neck since about the age of 2. Up until a few weeks ago it was the same. I noticed the lump looked much larger, s

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff 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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My 2 years old show high monocytes on CBC constantly, enlarged lymph nodes on the side of the neck and temperatures around 99. What could be?

My 2 years old show high monocytes on CBC constantly, enlarged lymph nodes on the side of the neck and temperatures around 99. What could be?

Viral vs other: How long the symptoms have been going on? If this is new- just for 1-2 weeks likely it is a viral infection. However, if this has been going on longer, and in addition to above symptoms- your child also has other things like pale, anemic, bleeding, rapid enlargement of the lymph nodes etc- it may be other thing more serious. Bring your child to pediatrician for follow up and further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have enlarged lymph nodes with pain that is increasing/spreading through my neck/shoulder-right side. Left foot is also swollen. Are they related?

I have enlarged lymph nodes with pain that is increasing/spreading through my neck/shoulder-right side. Left foot is also swollen. Are they related?

Could be: Lymph nodes swell up in response to infection usually. It is important for you to see a doctor as soon as possible to find the cause of the swollen foot and lymph nodes. ...Read more

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I have had enlarged lymph nodes in my neck. Recently, I discovered one in my right supraclavicular area. I have also developed a rash on my right arm.

I have had enlarged lymph nodes in my neck. Recently, I discovered one in my right supraclavicular area. I have also developed a rash on my right arm.

Have it examined and: Possibly biopsied. We have to check for inflammation, infection, autoimmune condition and tumor. Hopefully there's no serious problem. God bless you! ...Read more

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"Heterogeneous hypo-echoic thyroid parenchyma with regional right side enlarged lymph nodes." appears in my thyroid Ultra sound test. What's this?

"Heterogeneous hypo-echoic thyroid parenchyma with regional right side enlarged lymph nodes." appears in my thyroid Ultra sound test. What's this?

No simple answer: All that medical mumbo jumble is very clear to a physician but not so to the average person. You need to speak to your physician who ordered the ultrasound test so that he/she can easily explain the anatomy of what is going on and any consequences of this finding. It's too much to go over in this context. ...Read more

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I would like help with swollen lymph nodes in neck?

I would like help with swollen lymph nodes in neck?

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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What could cause painful, swollen lymph nodes in neck?

What could cause painful, swollen lymph nodes in neck?

Inflammation in H&N: Painful swollen nodes an indication of an inflammatory process in the H&N area. If the nodes are high in the posterior neck region, examine the scalp for an infection. If in anterior triangle mid neck one should do endoscopy to see if lesion in area of larynx or cords. In supraclavicular area, inflammation apex of lung can cause the problem and chest X ray can help. Bx if necessary. ...Read more

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What can cause two swollen lymph nodes in neck?

Infection to tumor: The dx of swollen lymph nodes in neck depends on size, location and symptoms of pain. In upper neck 2 nodes can represent spread of throat infection to ear, spread from parotid gland. In mid neck tumor can arise from metastatic thyroid and in supraclavicular fossa, an upward spread from lungs. Biopsy if persistent or enlarging can show lymphoma, infection or tumor metastatic tumor. ...Read more

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How can you soothe swollen lymph nodes in neck?

Treat the cause: Swollen lymph nodes are usually due to an infection in the area and some times due to tumors such as lymphoma. It is not feasible to know the casue without a history, physical examination and may be lab tests. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck for more than a year?

Go see your doctor: Need more info: one or more? How big? Is it growing? Is it hard, painful, red etc? Any other swollen glands anywhere else? Any fevers, night sweats, weight loss etc... ...Read more

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Is it possible that swollen lymph nodes in neck affect swallowing?

No: Lymph nodes enlargement in general will not affect swallowing. ...Read more

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Would an MRI of head show swollen lymph nodes in neck?

Would an MRI of head show swollen lymph nodes in neck?

Depends: Upper neck area nodes can been seen well. Lower neck nodes can be out of range of imaging. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck to clavical referred to an ENT what's this mean?

Swollen lymph nodes in neck to clavical referred to an ENT what's this mean?

Swollen lymph nodes: Many times swollen lymph nodes happen as a reaction to something/a condition occurs in the head and neck area- like if you have any inflammation, infection, or other process including malignancy that happens in the mouth, tongue, throat etc. Your ENT will evaluate your ear, mouth and throat area to see if there is anything explaining the lymph nodes and do necessary work-up -may include a biopsy. ...Read more