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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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Painful cervical lymph nodes what could cause this?

Likely infection: This could be a viral or bacterial infection. If your pain is increasing, not resolving or accompanied by fever, you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a very large, very painful cervical lymph nodes with no cause, eventually had to go to accident and emergency unit because pain was unbearable. Doc wasnt very concerned, gave me anti inflammatories. Should I be concerned?

I have a very large, very painful cervical lymph nodes with no cause, eventually had to go to accident and emergency unit because pain was unbearable. Doc wasnt very concerned, gave me anti inflammatories. Should I be concerned?

Not yet: A virus infection is the most likely cause. It should go away within a week or so. Sometimes the virus is mononucleosis, which usually causes severe fatigue. Occasionally a bacteria infects lymph nodes, in which case an antibiotic is needed. See your primary care doctor later next week if not improving. ...Read more

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What does thickened cortex of cervical lymph nodes mean?

What does thickened cortex of cervical lymph nodes mean?

Not much: The cortex of the lymph node can be thickened and is more of a descriptive term by pathologists. It is non-specific and can be seen in normal conditions, or in diseased conditions. This is typically information that the pathologist communicates to your primary care provider. ...Read more

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What are the names of the lymph nodes located directly underneath the top most portion of the breastbone-are these considered cervical lymph nodes?

Not cervical: If it's above your clavicles, i.e., breastbone, then it's supraclavicular lymph nodes. The cervical lymph nodes are around the neck either anteriorly under the chin/jaw, or posteriorly next to the cervical vertebrae. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What causes cervical lymph nodes to be reactive?

Many things: Lymph nodes enlarge when they are doing their job properly, fighting inflammation. This could be a viral or bacterial or fungal infection, reaction to dental or gingival disease, or less often, malignancies. Chains of nodes drain from different areas and it might help to know whether this is behind or in front of the muscle running diagonally from the jay angle to the collarbone. ...Read more

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What does unenlarged bilateral cervical lymph nodes mean?

What does unenlarged bilateral cervical lymph nodes mean?

Mmmm...: All normal humans have unenlarged bilateral cervical lymph nodes, so that by itself has no special meaning. ...Read more

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more