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Doctor insights on: If I Had Swollen Lymph Nodes For Longer Than 2 Years They Must Be Benign Right

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If I had swollen lymph nodes for longer than 2 years they must be benign right?

If I had swollen lymph nodes for longer than 2 years they must be benign right?

Not always.: While it is true that lymph nodes that remain stable in size are "more likely than not" to be cancerous, that is not an absolute rule. In fact, many lymphomas may grow very slowly and not demonstrate any appreciable change in size over a few years. I advise you to seek out medical evaluation, if for no other reason than peace of mind. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more


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I had swollen lymph nodes a long time ago and when i got rid of them the area between my neck and left shoulder got swollen it wasn't even painful its?

I had swollen lymph nodes a long time ago and when i got rid of them the area between my neck and left shoulder got swollen it wasn't even painful its?

How?: I don't understand "when I got rid of them" since I don't know of any way to reduce lymph swelling (until the disease process has been controlled or faded away by itself as in the case of a viral infection) without medication. Is the swelling still present? If it has been present for more than a couple of weeks or getting worse, better consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had swollen lymph nodes come and go for about 3 months now. No other symptoms, and I have used the same deodorant for over 10 years.

I have had swollen lymph nodes come and go for about 3 months now. No other symptoms, and I have used the same deodorant for over 10 years.

Where: Dependent on where the gland swelling is. But for this to be present for 3 months is not a normal occurrence I would suggest seeing your DR and getting a full exam to find the etiology of the swelling. ...Read more

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What could it mean if i've had swollen lymph nodes for over 3 years? Should i get a pap smear done?

Depends where: Where/ how big/ painful or not/ adherant to surrounding tissue or not........Any weight loss/ fever etc helps pmd to localse the problem and give further advise. ...Read more

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I've had swollen lymph nodes for a week should I see a doctor or wait a little longer and see if they go away on their own?

I've had swollen lymph nodes for a week should I see a doctor or wait a little longer and see if they go away on their own?

Below: Swollen lymph nodes are always concerning. If they completely disappear in the next week to ten days, then it is less concerning. If there is any question, any residual swelling, or if you have other symptoms-sweating, fever, fatigue, then you need to be seen. In short, you must feel completely normal and the noses gone or you need to see a DR. ...Read more

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I've had swollen lymph nodes and neck swelling for the years. Drs dint know why. Now I am having difficulty eating solids. What could this be?

I've had swollen lymph nodes and neck swelling for the years. Drs dint know why. Now I am having difficulty eating solids. What could this be?

GI evaluation : Are your neck swellings lymph nodes. I think you should see your PCP who can then refer you to a gastroenterologist who could do endoscopy. Was your thyroid checked? ...Read more

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I have had swollen lymph nodes in my neck and left side of face for 5 years. Left side of neck and face is swollen. Dr says don't worry. What do I do?

Follow-up: Chronically swollen lymph nodes in the head and neck area are generally not due to a malignancy such as lymphoma or head and neck cancer. Chronic infection in the head and neck area could be a cause and there may be some lymphatic blockage causing the swelling. It would not be unreasonable to scan the area and possibly biopsy an accessible node. ...Read more

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Are painless swollen lymph nodes for 2 years likely yo be cancerous? No other symptoms. No other conditions related.

Are painless swollen lymph nodes for 2 years likely yo be cancerous? No other symptoms. No other conditions related.

How big?: That is a good long time. In a young woman it could be hodgkin's disease even with minimal symptoms. In an older patient it could be indolent non-hodgkin's lymphoma. This is worst case, but may be deserving of some work-up. ...Read more

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Each month i get swollen lymph nodes on both sides of my neck, that last four a week or so had it for over 2 years but getting more frequent?

Go see an ENT doctor: It could be just repeated viral infections(colds) but you need to be sure that you do not have strept throat. A visit to your ENT doctor can help. If you want to try controlling it on your own, i wiould sugges that you try taking vitamin c, 500mg daily and give it a 6 month trial(it is pretty cheap vitamin). This may help, in which case you should continue taking it on a regular basis. ...Read more

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What could cause long term swollen lymph nodes?

What could cause long term swollen lymph nodes?

Possible tumor: Lymph nodes enlarge due to presence of infection, primary neoplasms of nodes or metastatic disease to nodes. With an inflammatory process, over time the nodes will regress especially if inf. treated. If nodes persist, feel firm, have enlarged somewhat, then bx indicated to rule out source of problem ...Read more

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What are the causes of swollen lymph nodes for years?

DDx: The differential diagnosis (ddx) for swollen lymph nodes includes: infection, inflammation, cancer. More information is needed including a history and physical examination. If the lymph nodes are bothersome, imaging and a possible biopsy might be done. ...Read more

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What could cause long term swollen lymph nodes? How can they be treated?

What could cause long term swollen lymph nodes? How can they be treated?

Several things: These are symtoms that need to be evaluated thoroughly your physician. He/she will be able to discuss his/her findings and suggest a plan. ...Read more

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How long do swollen lymph nodes last before they reduce? And are they supposed to be painful?

Days-to-months: Depending on the cause of the swelling of the lymph nodes, they can last for days-to-months (for infections.). ...Read more

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Can I have swollen lymph nodes from pulling/pressing skin over it. How long will it be swollen by this cause?

Can I have swollen lymph nodes from pulling/pressing skin over it. How long will it be swollen by this cause?

Usually not: No, usually not...Unless if you really push or pull the area so hard that you hurt yourself so badly or create an open wound/skin irritation, infection or inflammation over the skin or the area--then the lymph node adjacent to the trauma can be swollen up due to the trauma. Reactive lymph node usually will be back to normal within a few-several days to a couple of weeks or so. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck, that are all soft.. Moveable and under 1cm except one is 1.5 cm. Temps of 99.2 frequently and chills? Been for 3 years!

Swollen lymph nodes in neck, that are all soft.. Moveable and under 1cm except one is 1.5 cm. Temps of 99.2 frequently and chills? Been for 3 years!

Go to see MD: You should go to see your doctor and get yourself checked. There are different things like autoimmune disorder, infection, chronic inflammation or malignancy - at your age- hodgkin's lymphoma, testicular cancer are things to be ruled out. However since you mentioned that it has been there for 3 years -then hodgkin's , leukemia /ca would be less likely-as the problem. Go to see your doc for eval. ...Read more