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Doctor insights on: If Chest Lymph Nodes Swollen Is It Hard To Breathe

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

Chest dyspnea is a feeling of being short of breath, a feeling of not being able to fully expand the chest wall, such as due to pain after a ...Read more


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I'm 18, woke up with chest pain, hard to breathe. Lower throat feels swollen, post nasal drip that hasn't stopped for years. Coughing. Cancer ??

I'm 18, woke up with chest pain, hard to breathe. Lower throat feels swollen, post nasal drip that hasn't stopped for years. Coughing. Cancer ??

Chest pain: There are several possible causes of your chest pain, but first would talk with your doctor and try and treat the post nasal drip. Other possibilities are gastroesophageal reflux or even a virus. At this time your symptoms are not representative of any malignancy ...Read more

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Do swollen lymph nodes sometimes make it harder to breathe?

Do swollen lymph nodes sometimes make it harder to breathe?

Potentially: Lymph nodes in the neck can make it hard to swallow or breath if severely enlarged. The tonsils are lymphatic tissue in the throat that are a cause of sleep apnea. The are also lymph nodes around the trachea than can caress the airways within the chest causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

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How do you treat swollen lymph nodes in neck and hard to swallow or breathe?

How do you treat swollen lymph nodes in neck and hard to swallow or breathe?

You need a medical e: A medical examination is advised in order to find out the cause of enlarged nodes. It can be due to an infection or cancer. Your doctor can tell the cause and guide you as to what is best next step. It may require a biopsy unless it is due to infection for which antibiotics may be indicated. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have any chest lymph nodes, are they palpable?

How can I know if I have any chest lymph nodes, are they palpable?

Lymphadenopathy: This depends upon where the nodes are located. If they are superficial, in the axillae or the supraclavicular area they are easily palpated, but nodes in the mediastinum must be detected using imaging studies. ...Read more

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Hello doctors. Can a biopsy of chest lymph nodes cause a collapsed lung?

Hello doctors. Can a biopsy of chest lymph nodes cause a collapsed lung?

Yes: Yes. Biopsy of certain chest lymph nodes can cause a collapsed lung. The risk is small though if procedure performed properly. ...Read more

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What causes swollen lymph nodes in chest?

What causes swollen lymph nodes in chest?

It depends on size: Unless these nodes are large(more than 2cm) you do not need to worry. But many diseases affect lymph nodes. Some of the considerations include infections(tb, sarcoid, fungal infections), lymph gland cancers like lymphomas or cancer spread from the lungs or elsewhere in the body. But i would not worry unless they are large enough as the radiologists often over read them anytime they are >0.5cm. ...Read more

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Feeling painful and slightly swollen lymph nodes in chest area, please help?

Feeling painful and slightly swollen lymph nodes in chest area, please help?

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