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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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I have sores in my nose could this cause enlarged lymph nodes in my neck and collar bone?

I have sores in my nose could this cause enlarged lymph nodes in my neck and collar bone?

Yes, but...: Sores in your nose can make your neck lymph nodes enlarged. But the lymph nodes above your collarbone are less likely to be enlarged from sores in your nose. These lymph nodes can be enlarged from something going on in your lungs, chest wall, thyroid, or mouth. Cancer of the lymph nodes (lymphoma) makes them rubbery and swollen but not painful. If these don't get better soon, see a doctor!

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My 6 year old son has had enlarged lymph nodes of the neck for 4 years now, his LDH has gone from 487 to 522 in 3 months, what does this mean?

Many things: LDH is a rather nonspecific test. It can be elevated in cardiac, blood, liver, lung, muscle, kidney disease & malignancy. Your child's pediatrician or gastroenterologist are really the on's who you should be discussing this with, since they are familiar with & managing your child's health.

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My college student was diagnosed with mono by monospot. She has no symptoms but enlarged lymph nodes on her neck for 3 days. Should we consult diff dr?

My college student was diagnosed with mono by monospot. She has no symptoms but enlarged lymph nodes on her neck for 3 days. Should we consult diff dr?

If the monospot is: Positive, it means that she either has mono now, or has had it in the past. There are also occasional false positives. Not everyone has all the classic symptoms of mono, so just having enlarged neck lymph nodes could be the only symptom. No need to see another doctor, but you could request a more comprehensive test, called EpsteinBarrVirus titers and a CBC to have confirmation.

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Enlarged lymph nodes on the neck no fever or sore throat tired all the time college student?

Enlarged lymph nodes on the neck no fever or sore throat tired all the time college student?

Lymph nodes can: Be an annoyance or a sign of real disease. If it does not bother you with pain or obstruction or such, just watch it hopefully start getting smaller over the next few weeks. If it does not, or if it continues to enlarge or become tender/hot/ swollen, then you should get to a healthcare provider as soon as possible to get help. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap.

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Will TB enlarged lymph nodes in the neck shrink completely after 6 month treatment. Completed two month treatment but d size didn't completely shrink?

Will TB enlarged lymph nodes in the neck shrink completely after 6 month treatment. Completed two month treatment but d size didn't completely shrink?

Yes and bo: Ideally the lymph nodes resolve completely but sometimes they do not. This is not always a problem but The node should be checked by your doctor.

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I'm curious as to what does it mean if an ultrasound of the thyroid has enlarged lymph nodes at the neck area?

I'm curious as to what does it mean if an ultrasound of the thyroid has enlarged lymph nodes at the neck area?

May not be serious: It depends on several things: how large are they? The larger they are the more concerning. Are they tender? If so, they are probably from infection or inflammation, rather than cancer. Enlarged, non-tender lymph nodes in the neck which don't go away are cause for concern and should be sampled with a needle biopsy which can be done with ultrasound guidance.