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How can I tell if something is a soft lymph node or a cyst?

How can I tell if something is a soft lymph node or a cyst?

Cyst: A cyst is a fluid-filled sac and will be squishy. It will feel sort of like a water balloon. It may shrink and expand depending on the day. A lymph node feels more solid, and has no squish to it. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Can cyst cause pain and swelling of lymph node?

Can cyst cause pain and swelling of lymph node?

Unlikely: 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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How do a cyst and a swollen lymph node differ?

How do a cyst and a swollen lymph node differ?

Fluid vs solid: A cyst is a fluid-filled sac like structure, usually benign a swollen lymph node is a solid mass of variable size which could be benign or malignant depends on size, location and clinical setting. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node above right collar bone. Is this a cyst or something else?

Swollen lymph node above right collar bone. Is this a cyst or something else?

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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Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Unclear question: Cyst is a fluid filled structure and a swollen lymph node may be enlarged due to physiologic response to infections or may be enlarged due to cancer. It may not be feasible to know which one it is just by palpation. ...Read more

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Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to tell without examination and may require removing the lesion. ...Read more

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Wondering about a cyst that appeared on the kidney which I know can be common in males (its very small), but an enlarged lymph node in same area.

Wondering about a cyst that appeared on the kidney which I know can be common in males (its very small), but an enlarged lymph node in same area.

Needs followup: Yes, the cyst is very common. The enlarged node should not occur from a benign cyst on the kidney. Most commonly that would be from infection, inflammation or cancer. Followup scan is appropriate to make sure it goes away after a few weeks ...Read more