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What are possiblities if have swollen painful cervical lymph nodes?

What are possiblities if have swollen painful cervical lymph nodes?

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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Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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

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

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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My son has swollen cervical lymph nodes, he has them from birth. Dr. Say he's ok. The last 3ys he has them on his chest. Is the still from him growin?

Hmmm: Swollen cervical nodes are certainly common in children. I think that lymph nodes on the chest are not common. I would probably ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist such as infectious disease. ...Read more

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I have bilateral swollen cervical lymph nodes found on my cervical MRI, does this mean I may have cancer somewhere?

I have bilateral swollen cervical lymph nodes found on my cervical MRI, does this mean I may have cancer somewhere?

Possible but...: Probably not. There are many causes of enlarged lymph nodes. Usually when they are incidentally discovered they are benign inflammatory/reactive lymph nodes, but yes, lymphoma or metastatic disease can cause enlarged lymph nodes as well. Follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Non tender, painless, hard, multiple, larger than 1.6 CM swollen cervical lymph nodes for 2.5 years. Most likely cancerous in terms of probability?

Non tender, painless, hard, multiple, larger than 1.6 CM swollen cervical lymph nodes for 2.5 years. Most likely cancerous in terms of probability?

Probably not cancer.: If your lymph nodes are not enlarging over time, they are probably not cancer. If concerned, have them evaluated by your primary physician or ear/nose/throat physician. ...Read more

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Doctor said he wasn't worried about swollen painless cervical lymph nodes because they were hard to detect. No signs of infection, should I be worried?

Doctor said he wasn't worried about swollen painless cervical lymph nodes because they were hard to detect. No signs of infection, should I be worried?

No, trust your MD: We all have lymph nodes and if your MD is not worried you likely dont need to be. If you feel that you have continued concerns make an appointment with your MD and address those concerns. Otherwise, you need to see someone and provide a much more detailed history than space will allow here. We need to know alot about a patient to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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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?

Not likely: 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. ...Read more

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Swollen cervical lymph nodes, one very noticable and extreme fatigue for 3-4 months. Notpainful, only hurt after alcohol. 21yo. haemotologist nextweek?

Swollen cervical lymph nodes, one very noticable and extreme fatigue for 3-4 months. Notpainful, only hurt after alcohol. 21yo. haemotologist nextweek?

LIkely chronic: infection, rarely hematologic malignancy such as Hodgkin's disease or lymphoma. Hematologist will be able to tell you what further studies need to be done. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dad have two large swollen cervical lymph nodes under the jaw bone about 3cm large. is this serious?

What do you suggest if my dad have two large swollen cervical lymph nodes under the jaw bone about 3cm large. is this serious?

See your doctor: Has he been sick? Lymph nodes can swell in reaction to infections, but they (less frequently) can be signs of lymphoma (a lymph tumor). He should see his doctor and have them examined. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Swollen occipital & cervical lymph nodes. Painless but there for months. Wbc is just below normal. Pcp says don't worry. Should i see a specialist?

Swollen occipital & cervical lymph nodes. Painless but there for months. Wbc is just below normal. Pcp says don't worry. Should i see a specialist?

Yes: If they are 1 cm or larger then that warrants investigation. CBC doesn't always mirror a lymphoma, hiv, or other causes of multiply enlarged nodes. I am concerned because you have enlarged nodes in diverse locations especially if they continue to increase in number or size. If they don't decline with antibiotics then get one remover for analysis. ...Read more

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