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How likely is it that a hard lymph node is serious?

How likely is it that a hard lymph node is serious?

It depends: Hardness may be caused by the fact that the lymph node is scarred from an old infection, so it's not necessarily a sign of current disease. One has to look for other clues at the same time: size, mobility, rate of growth, pain, tenderness, etc. And of course other general signs of illness. All these factors come into play in determining the cause-and hence seriousness-of a swollen node. ...Read more

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If u have two small hard lymph nodes. Not pain full at all. What could this be? No other symptoms. Been tested for everything.

If u have two small hard lymph nodes. Not pain full at all. What could this be? No other symptoms. Been tested for everything.

Need more info: The possibilities for causes runs quite a long list, but most commonly includes infection, just normal, and in rare cases, cancer. What do you mean by you've been tested for "everything"? It also depends on where the lymph node is located and change in size. Your info says you've had BV treated recently. If the lymph nodes are in your groin region, that could be the cause. See your dr to discuss. ...Read more

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Does HIV cause rock hard lymph nodes?

Does HIV cause rock hard lymph nodes?

Might: Hiv can cause lymphadenopathy, that is enlargement of lymph nodes, and opportunistic infections which arise in the setting of HIV may also do this. Some infected large nodes can be hard. There are other causes for enlarged hard nodes, so this doesn't prove that someone has hiv. ...Read more

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What do small hard lymph nodes in the pelvic area indicate?

What do small hard lymph nodes in the pelvic area indicate?

Infection?: Can possibly mean infection or inflammation in the surrounding area. Shaving or waxing can even cause those lymph nodes to swell. Skin rashes, even something as serious as an std. It's probably a good idea to be checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a hard lymph node on right back side of neck. I've had this since I was 8. I'm 57 now. It's now enlarged, painful & harder. Over 4 weeks. Why?

I have a hard lymph node on right back side of neck. I've had this since I was 8. I'm 57 now. It's now enlarged, painful & harder. Over 4 weeks. Why?

It should be: Biopsied to ensure that it has not turned cancerous. A head and neck surgeon should be able to assist you in the process. Good luck! ...Read more

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Fixed, bone-hard lymph node on the back of my skull. What could this be?

Fixed, bone-hard lymph node on the back of my skull. What could this be?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Hard lymph node on neck, nasuea and pain on left side of abdomen? What could be the cause?

Hard lymph node on neck, nasuea and pain on left side of abdomen? What could be the cause?

Get it checked: Small swollen lymph nodes and GI symptoms could be related to virus such as cold, flu, or gastroenteritis (although this does not usually cause swollen lymph nodes). If a lymph node feels hard, fixed in place, and does not go away within a week, it should be checked by a doctor to make sure it is not something more serious. ...Read more

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Are cancer lymph nodes easy to notice on ultrasound? If professional told me not to worry about my hard lymph nodes (i, ii, v region) should I let it go

Are cancer lymph nodes easy to notice on ultrasound? If professional told me not to worry about my hard lymph nodes (i, ii, v region) should I let it go

? Hard lymph nodes su: I would be suspicious if the lymph nodes are palpable and are hard when you feel them with your hand.
Ultrasound can be a reasonable screen for enlarged and even malignant lymph nodes, but it is not 100% reliable. So if the primary tumor is high risk for metastasis, I would want to surgically remove the lymph nodes for microscopic examination. That is the only 100% reliable test for cancerdetecti. ...Read more

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Hard lymph node in left armpit painful and tender had it for three days?

Hard lymph node in left armpit painful and tender had it for three days?

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 a single hard lymph node in the side of my neck just above the clavicle I have a single hard lymph node in the side of my neck just above the clavicle it's not painful and it has the same size of a single grain of peas it has been there for about a

I have a single hard lymph node in the side of my neck just above the clavicle I have a single hard lymph node in the side of my neck just above the clavicle it's not painful and it has the same size of a single grain of peas it has been there for about a

Enlarged: Enlarged lymph nodes or "lymphadenopathy" are very common. Lymph nodes are part of the immune system and enlarge with white blood cells to fight off infections when they detect a foriegn substance such as a virus or bacteria. (ever notice lumps in your neck with a sore throat?) usually these nodes shrink back down to normal size a few weeks after the infection is over, but can sometimes stay enlarged. No one is quite sure why this happens, but it's usually harmless.

Other illnesses such as autoimmune disease or cancer can cause enlarged lymph nodes, but often multiple nodes are involved, they can get very large, keep growing instead of shrinking and are associated with other symptoms such as fever, chills, weight loss, rash, etc. Presuming that you have no other symptoms besides this noticeable but unchanging node, odds of it being anything dangerous are extremely low. Reasons to see your doctor would include an enlarging node, more noticeable nodes appearing, any other signs of illness or if it concerns you and you just want it checked out. ...Read more

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What is a hard lymph node swollen on my right collar bone?

What is a hard lymph node swollen on my right collar bone?

Reactive: The vast majority of swollen lymph nodes "react" to viral infections. This is their job description. They enlarge to help fight the infection. It it's larger than a marble or has been their for more than 2 weeks, have your doctor take a look at it. ...Read more

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Swollen very hard lymph node that doesn't hurt on the left side back of neck an inch down from skull. Eczema is there. Been swollen for months, why?

Swollen very hard lymph node that doesn't hurt on the left side back of neck an inch down from skull. Eczema is there. Been swollen for months, why?

See DR: Any chronic irritation of the skin or nearby scalp will cause an enlarged lymph node. An exam should confirm this. But other things are possible. If it is stoney--hard it is something else. ...Read more

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Hard lymph node in right groin. Two small rashes on right buttocks and hamstring. Noticed last Thursday (3 days ago).

Hard lymph node in right groin. Two small rashes on right buttocks and hamstring. Noticed last Thursday (3 days ago).

Varies: There are multiple potential causes. Swollen lymph nodes are usually associated with some type of inflammatory or infectious cause. I would not hesitate to be seen and evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a small hard lymph node behind my ear. I was referred for an ultrasound and he said it looked benign but its now feels slightly bigger?

I have a small hard lymph node behind my ear. I was referred for an ultrasound and he said it looked benign but its now feels slightly bigger?

Lump behind ear: Did you have a complete physical exam and work up to figure out why do you have that lump? Is it a lymph node or a lump of fat or a cyst? The ultrasound should give you a good idea if the lump is cancerous or not. However, it is not 100%. If you feel it is getting bigger, then go back and talk to your doctor about this. Ask him about a biopsy, which should give you a more definite answer. ...Read more

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My 5 month old has a fixed swollen 3 cm rock hard lymph node below his ear. Was given highest dosage for AB. Is this a major cause for concern?

My 5 month old has a fixed swollen 3 cm rock hard lymph node below his ear. Was given highest dosage for AB. Is this a major cause for concern?

Swollen glands: I need more informations, is he febrile, any redness, it could also be a swollen parotid gland, was there any blood test? If he is improving & the gland is getting smaller then continue with antibiotic & make sure to follow up with his pediatrician, but if you don't see any changes with the treatment, he will need some work up. Good luck. ...Read more

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Non-painful, non-moveable hard lymph node on the side of my neck for ~3 mo. Other, much smaller hard spots are down my neck. Infection? Lymphoma?

Non-painful, non-moveable hard lymph node on the side of my neck for ~3 mo. Other, much smaller hard spots are down my neck. Infection? Lymphoma?

Get checked.: You need to see a doctor and get examined and appropriate testing. There is no way we can tell you the answer based on so little information (and without seeing you!) ...Read more

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I have a swollen hard lymph node under right jaw line that gets hard when I smoke, I haven't smoked all day and its not nearly as hard, should I be concerned? Is this a possible sign of cancer? I have been smoking off and on for two years, and pretty regul

I have a swollen hard lymph node under right jaw line that gets hard when I smoke, I haven't smoked all day and its not nearly as hard, should I be concerned? Is this a possible sign of cancer? I have been smoking off and on for two years, and pretty regul

R/O LYMPHADENOPATHY: UNLIKELY TO BE CANCER: LYMPHADENOPATHY THAT PERSISTS LONGER THAN 8 WEEKS DEMANDS A FULL EVALUATION. You need an Exam& Labs. CT SCAN OF CHEST ABD & PELVIS. BX OF LYMPH NODE. If the pathology is not diagnostic you need a RADICAL LYMPH DISSECTION TO R/O LYMPHOMA VS METASTATIC PROCESS. SEEK PROMPT EVALUATION FROM YOUR INTERNIST AND A GENERAL SURGEON. Second opinion may be warranted ...Read more

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Are all large (almost 2 inches) swollen and hard lymph nodes behind the ear cancerous? What could an ultrasound determine?

Are all large (almost 2 inches) swollen and hard lymph nodes behind the ear cancerous? What could an ultrasound determine?

Lymph node swelling: Lymph nodes are where the immune cells of the body process all the stimuli from various infectious and foreign stimuli in our environment. Only persistent enlargement is a cause for concern due to infection that isn't cleared, or neoplasia. US is of limited use. If hard and persistent, FNA or other biopsy is needed. ...Read more

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Enlarged hard lymph node 1.8cm on left side of neck. Saw ent, did ultrasound and he isn't worried. No further tests. Should I get second opinion?

Enlarged hard lymph node 1.8cm on left side of neck. Saw ent, did ultrasound and he isn't worried. No further tests. Should I get second opinion?

Wouldn't Hurt: I would. I mean, ultrasound is good, but there's stuff that the ultrasound can't distinguish. I'm sure the ENT doctor concluded 'no problem' based on his physical exam and other tests, so don't freak out. Maybe he wants to wait and see you back in a few weeks to see if it changes, so don't freak. Just don't keep touching it every day, you'll irritate it and it may enlarge it and make it tender ...Read more

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Hard lymph node in neck for 3yrs, dull ache. Told possible scarring. How's that possible? High MCV & high RDW means distress to marrow?

Hard lymph node in neck for 3yrs, dull ache. Told possible scarring. How's that possible? High MCV & high RDW means distress to marrow?

This node is nothing: Any lymph node that has been there for 3 years and has not changed or evolved is not likely to be anything of concern. So I will be inclined to ignore it and quit worrying about it. Tests like MCV and RDW can not be interpreted unless you send us your Hemoglobin/ HCT values. Unless you send me the CBC report, we are limited in giving you any useful advice. Your bone marrow is not likely in Distre ...Read more

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Hi there, I'm a 39 yr old female. I have a small swollen (hard) Lymph node in my right groin area. I have lower back pain and pain in my right hip.?

Hi there, I'm a 39 yr old female. I have a small swollen (hard) Lymph node in my right groin area. I have lower back pain and pain in my right hip.?

Needs medical exam: You should see either your primary doctor or your OB/GYN as soon as possible and have that evaluated. It's possible that it may be nothing more than a rogue urinary tract infection. But the hard and swollen lymph node needs to be evaluated by medical personnel (doctor preferably) sooner rather than later. Cheers! ...Read more

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I have a small hard lymph node next to my tragus, it's not visible to the eye but I can feel it if I press it. I have an ear infection?

I have a small hard lymph node next to my tragus, it's not visible to the eye but I can feel it if I press it. I have an ear infection?

Lymph node: Preauricular lymph nodes, just in front of the ear, are normal. A lymph node that is smaller than a pea, nontender and slightly movable, is likely just doing its job. ...Read more

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Stony hard lymph node above the left clavicle - growing (4 CM now). Night sweats, fevers, etc. Abs lymph count 1.3 (WBC 4.61). Normal sed rate. Cancer?

Stony hard lymph node above the left clavicle - growing (4 CM now). Night sweats, fevers, etc. Abs lymph count 1.3 (WBC 4.61). Normal sed rate. Cancer?

Need evaluation: This can be the sign of a malignancy so do not sit back and follow this. I would see an internist and you will likely need a surgical biopsy for diagnoses. If malignant you will require an oncologist. This is a serious situation and you must see a physican ...Read more

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I suspect I have lymphoma - swollen hard lymph nodes (7 weeks), night sweats, low fevers, itchiness in legs, extreme fatigue, paleness, lost bit of weight. Last CBC was normal. What tests should I ask for? What other conditions are possible?

I suspect I have lymphoma - swollen hard lymph nodes (7 weeks), night sweats, low fevers, itchiness in legs, extreme fatigue, paleness, lost bit of weight. Last CBC was normal. What tests should I ask for? What other conditions are possible?

Get seen: You need to have Hodgkin's ruled out and any competent physician hearing this history will biopsy any clearly-abnormal or suspicious lymph node unless some other explanation is obvious. Hodgkin's usually does not show on CBC. There's a couple of other considerations but let's get down to business. Most Hodgkin's gets cured nowadays. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What type of doctor would I see for hard lymph nodes and bone pain? Primary ran CBC cmp normal. Severe fatigue. Low t3, (liothyronine) mild anemia.

What type of doctor would I see for hard lymph nodes and bone pain? Primary ran CBC cmp normal. Severe fatigue. Low t3, (liothyronine) mild anemia.

You have choices: You could ask your primary to refer you for a second opinion from either an internist or a specialist. Where are the hard nodes located? If they are in the neck and ENT doctor can evaluate them for a biopsy. A hematologist can also investigate the cause of anemia and hard lymph nodes. How low is your hemoglobin? ...Read more

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For 3 months: dyspnea, fatigue, hard lymph nodes, pain, fever, dysphagia, tachycardia, weight loss, constipation, itchy, full belly, reg cbc, neg ebv

For 3 months: dyspnea, fatigue, hard lymph nodes, pain, fever, dysphagia, tachycardia, weight loss, constipation, itchy, full belly, reg cbc, neg ebv

See Doctor soon: Hard lymph nodes are a cause for concern, as your body is trying to fight off something that you've contracted, or have going on, along with your other symptoms. Depending on where those lymph nodes are will determine the direction you need to go. Make sure your Daytrana isn't causing some of your symptoms too. Get a second opinion if the 1st is inconclusive. You should be feeling better than this. ...Read more

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One small, hard lymph node back of neck, sinus infection and sore throat, negative strep. Just started augmentin. Super scared it's cancer? Read online hard, rubbery lymph nodes are cancer. It's a bit tender to touch.

One small, hard lymph node back of neck, sinus infection and sore throat, negative strep. Just started augmentin. Super scared it's cancer? Read online hard, rubbery lymph nodes are cancer. It's a bit tender to touch.

Node: With your other symptoms most likely a reactive node and will resolve with antibiotic. If tender more likely from infection too. If persists after antibiotics then follow up with MD. ...Read more

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What causes a painful hard preauricular lymph node?

What causes a painful hard preauricular lymph node?

Many things: 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