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Dr. Michael Miller answered:

What are possiblities if have swollen painful cervical lymph nodes?

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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
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

It is possible for a common person to seek and find their cervical lymph nodes although not swollen?

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Everyone has cervical lymph nodes, which are normally the size and shape of small beans, less than 1 centimeter, smaller than a dime. If they are growing, if there are large numbers of them, or if they hurt, one can have a primary care doctor examine the nodes.
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Can an ear infection cause cervical lymph nodes to swell have two swollen for over month quite scared ??

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Yes I agree Dr. David Schleimer, the cervical nodes may swell and may stay swollen for sometimes two or three months after the acute stage of ear infection is gone.
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Swollen cervical lymph nodes for 5 month now havnt shrunk or grew normal cbc doctors not worried does it mean cancer?

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Lymph nodes in the neck enlarge for lots of reasons. Often it's infection, sometimes immunizations. If they're small (< 1/2") they may just be scarred from a previous infection. Cancer may grow slowly , but typically if they were cancerous nodes they would have clearly enlarged over 5 months with no treatment.
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Dr. Sewa Legha answered:

If my ct scan report of a swollen cervical node states it seems to be a reactive benign lymph node, do I still need a biopsy?

It depends

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It dpends on the size of the lymph node and if it is growing in size. . If the node is less than 1-1.5CM, one could observe it and delay doing a biopsy. If the lymph node is bigger in size or it is increasing in size, then a biopsy is desirable to find out the cause.
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Dr. Michael E. Ein answered:

What's the point in doing a fine needle aspiration on swollen cervical lymph nodes if the sensitivity is less than 99 percent?

To make diagnosis

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Most tests in medicine have much less than 99% sensitivity and specificity. FNA of an abnormal lymph node has a high likelyhood of determining the cause be it infectious or neoplastic. If your doctor recommends it I suggest you listen to him. Second guessing your doctor frequently leads to bad outcomes. If you have serious reasons to doubt his judgement ask for a second opinion.
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Dr. Mark Glyman answered:

What would cause posterior cervical lymph node pain and swelling? R neck is swollen, pain from base of skull down to front of neck/throat

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There are a variety of things that could cause these problems at your age. Infections(cat scratch disease, mononucleosis), dental /sinus disease), are most often the cause. However, more serious problems occur in this age group. Please see your internest, ENT. Or Oral/maxillofacial surgeon ASAP.
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Dr. Barry P. Levin answered:

If I bite my tongue a lot and make it bleed could this cause swollen cervical and jaw lymph nodes that stay swollen since I keep doing this?

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If you bite your tongue frequently, you are providing entry points for bacteria from your mouth, teeth and gums. If you have gingivitis or periodontitis or other oral infections, you can infect your tongue. This could be the cause of swollen lymph nodes. See your dentist for a comprehensive dental evaluation and your family doctor for evaluation of the cervical lymphadnopathy.
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Dr. Sewa Legha answered:

I had two large lymph nodes swollen on the posterior cervical area . They have gone down not all the way. Blood normal. Diarrhea, chills scared

Just watch them

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You can watch them for some time. aAs long as they do not grow in size they may be nothing to worry about. If they do not grow over the next 1-3 months you can ignore them. Most lymph node enlargments are from benign causes like infections and usualaly go away in 4-6 weeks. if they increase in size then you need to go see your doctor to fiind out why.
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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

Which is better, MRI or ct scan, when trying to detect what's the nature of a cervical swollen lymph node? Is a ct scan of neck a lot of radiation?

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Choice of imaging study will depend upon what is being looked for. The best way to approach finding out what this is, is to biopsy it, but the diagnostic approach may be to assess first the extent of involvement and other areas which may also have structural abnormalities. CT carries a fair amount of radiation but may be necessary under these circumstances, and one CT not likely to be harmful.
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