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Doctor insights on: Enlarged Lymph Nodes In The Neck

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...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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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

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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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 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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Can you get enlarged lymph nodes in your neck because of cancer somewhere else? Or can it be because I have pressed my neck a lot?

Can you get enlarged lymph nodes in your neck because of cancer somewhere else? Or can it be because I have pressed my neck a lot?

See below: Pressing the neck will not cause the lymph nodes to enlarge. It is very unlikely that cancer somewhere else is causing neck nodes to enlarge. To find out more would require additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph nodes in my neck and underneath my collar bone, is this cancer?

Enlarged lymph nodes in my neck and underneath my collar bone, is this cancer?

If this has been : Present for more than 2 weeks, non-painful, or growing, time to visit the doctor to decide what potential causes are. There are many benign things so do not hit the panic button, but cancers and lymphoma are possibiities. ...Read more

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I have reactive enlarged lymph nodes in my neck, on the left , 15mm and on the right 18mm and I also have hypothyriodism. no infection. What's wrong?

I have reactive enlarged lymph nodes in my neck, on the left , 15mm and on the right 18mm and I also have hypothyriodism. no infection. What's wrong?

Reaction to virus: Reactive lymph nodes are often seen after a variety of infections and may not be related to the hypothyroidism. Hashimoto's disease, the autoimmune form of hypothyroidism, can be associated with lymph node enlargement. If the lymph nodes do not decrease in size with time, they should be further evaluated and possibly biopsied ...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