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Doctor insights on: Enlarged Posterior Cervical Lymph Nodes

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Three swollen cervical lymph nodes all on left side of neck some ear pain doctor HS seen one of them says wait 2 month fbc normal should I be worried?

Three swollen cervical lymph nodes all on left side of neck some ear pain doctor HS seen one of them says wait 2 month fbc normal should I be worried?

Lymph nodes: The lymph nodes usually enlarge as response to an infection in the vicinity. It lasts maximum 2-3 weeks and as the infection goes away (with antibiotics usually) the lymph nodes disappear. Outside this scenario, I would be worried and demand further investigation (ct is appropriate, a blood smear and CBC with differential, as well as a bmp with enzymes markers analysis) up to an excision biopy.

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Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?

Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?

Imaging/biopsy: You have been through a lot. Imaging with ct scan provides information and helps guide next steps, but is not diagnostic. A biopsy obtains tissue for pathology to make the diagnose of lymph node. The timing of biopsy in relation to your overall health will be best addressed between you and your doc. Take family or friend with you.

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I recently noticed 2 small moveable balls on my enlarged posterior cervical lymph node. What could this be?

Sounds like: Infection, but it could be a serious condition such as Hodgkin's lymphoma. Showi it to your doctor just to be sure.

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Could stomach cancer cause an enlarged posterior cervical lymph node (back of neck)? Or is stomach cancer most often associated with clavicular nodes?

Could stomach cancer cause an enlarged posterior cervical lymph node (back of neck)? Or is stomach cancer most often associated with clavicular nodes?

Supraclavicular: It is very unlikely that stomach cancer would cause enlarged posterior cervical nodes without other symptoms. Even supraclavicular node enlargement as the first sign is distinctly uncommon. If you have concern, see your doctor for an endoscopy.

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I have had enlarged supraclavicular and posterior cervical lymph nodes for 3 years. Since I've had them so long do you think they aren't serious?

I have had enlarged supraclavicular and posterior cervical lymph nodes for 3 years. Since I've had them so long do you think they aren't serious?

It is worrisome: Lymph nodes swell when there is something wrong. It can be something as simple as a sinus infection or as serious as cancer, HIV/AIDS, or syphilis. The only way to decide if is is "serious" is to determine what is causing it. Three years of supraclavicular lymphadenopathy would make me worry about the possibility of lymphoma (a type of blood cancer). See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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Is it true that palpable posterior cervical lymph nodes are mostly malignant? Is a palpable node always enlarged?

No, yes: It may be inflammatory in nature...possible infection/infestation of scalp. They have to enlarge to be palpable.

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If a spider bit my ear would my posterior cervical lymph nodes swell?

If a spider bit my ear would my posterior cervical lymph nodes swell?

Spider bite: Hello. Yes, a spider bite can induce posterior lymph node activation and swelling. See your doctor for a thorough evaluation and treatment.

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Are there lymph nodes in the lower back area? Are they near the surface that if they get enlarged can be felt like for example cervical lymph nodes?

Yes: There are chains of lymph nodes in the back of the neck on both sides, called posterior chain nodes. There are also anterior chain nodes. Nodes which can be felt may be associated with infection, irritation or sometimes oncologic reasons. Regardless, nodes should be brought to your physician's attention to be documented and measured. A followup visit is what I usually do in two weeks.

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For 1/2-1 yr, I have enlarged neck (cervical) lymph nodes. Always a large 1 (size of thumbprint) on left neck & sometimes smaller 1s too. Lymphoma?

For 1/2-1 yr, I have enlarged neck (cervical) lymph nodes. Always a large 1 (size of thumbprint) on left neck & sometimes smaller 1s too. Lymphoma?

??: There are many causes of enlarged cervical lymph nodes. Any diagnosis online would be guessing. First see doctor to diagnose if it is lymph node or something else. Good luck.

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For 1/2-1 yr, I have enlarged neck (cervical) lymph nodes. Always a large 1 (size of thumbprint) on left neck & sometimes smaller 1s too. Lymphoma?

For 1/2-1 yr, I have enlarged neck (cervical) lymph nodes. Always a large 1 (size of thumbprint) on left neck & sometimes smaller 1s too. Lymphoma?

Lympadenopathy: Enlarged lymphnodes can be common and the thoughts of a serious cause such as lymphoma is always in the back of ones head. O good complete history and physical exam is important as well as some routine testing, including at the least a cbc-diff. The definitive diagnosis however for chronic lymphnode enlargement is a biopsy. Best wishes.

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Both cervical lymph nodes enlarged on both sides of my neck, but my right lymph node seems to be more enlarged than the other one. No pain. Why?

Both cervical lymph nodes enlarged on both sides of my neck, but my right lymph node seems to be more enlarged than the other one. No pain. Why?

Infection: Lymph nodes usually enlarge to fight off infection. That is their primary function. If they are larger than one centimeter (about a half inch) or if there are many of them and they are not going away, then see your doctor to make sure they are normal and not a cause for concern.

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Cervical lymph nodes enlarged overnight a few weeks ago-with Fever chills. Have gone down somewhat but R node still pretty big. Why one big?

Lymph node: Lymph nodes usually suddenly grow in size because the are reacting to a local infection, in your cause the throat, the ear, or the sinus. Also, the lymph node can itself become infected. This is called cervical lymphadenitis and it is treated with antibiotics.

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9 yr old daughter 2 enlarged cervical lymph nodes, mobile @ 4 wks normal CBC and U/S, at 6 wks inguilar nodes starting to enlarge. Reason to worry?

9 yr old daughter 2 enlarged cervical lymph nodes, mobile @ 4 wks normal CBC and U/S, at 6 wks inguilar nodes starting to enlarge. Reason to worry?

Lymphadenopathy: Did you mean inguinal nodes? A variety of causes. Here is some general information: https://patient. Info/health/swollen-lymph-glands Recommend for specifics and to work out how reassured or otherwise you should be about your normal tests seek a consult with a doctor licensed in your area as will need a good history and re-examination to help properly answer your question here.

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Could there be a relation between my chronic hives and enlarged painless inguinal and cervical lymph nodes?

Could there be a relation between my chronic hives and enlarged painless inguinal and cervical lymph nodes?

Yes: Yes, there could be a relationship between these symptoms. I would suggest visiting a physician and getting a full history and physical examination. Best wishes.

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Cervical MRI revealed enlarged left retropharyngeal and deep cervical lymph nodes. What can cause this? Ultrasounds have been inconsistent in findings

Cervical MRI revealed enlarged left retropharyngeal and deep cervical lymph nodes. What can cause this? Ultrasounds have been inconsistent in findings

Viral?: If your step throat rapid test is negative then this most likely viral. You may get testing for mono too which is also viral. If this issues did not resolve in 3 weeks then u need further testing for lymphoma

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For almost six months I have had both anterior and posterior cervical lymph node enlargement. All are about 1.0 CM or less. Should I be concerned?

Probably not: Reactive lymph nodes are very common. We start to get excited about them when they're over 1 1/2 to 2 cm in size. In the absence of any other significant symptoms these lymph nodes are probably nothing to worry about. If they do concern you, however, it is a good idea to discuss the matter with your primary care doctor.

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