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What's a normal sized neck lymph node? Is 2cm normal?

What's a normal sized neck lymph node? Is 2cm normal?

A little big: 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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What are the symptoms and prognosis for a benign reactive lymphoid hyperplasia of the neck lymph node?

What are the symptoms and prognosis for a benign reactive lymphoid hyperplasia of the neck lymph node?

Asymptomatic: Nodes in neck enlarge primarily from metastatic disease of oral cavity (squamous Ca) or glands in neck such as thyroid or parotid. If there is primary enlargement noted, it is due to lymphoma or hyperplasia. Nodal disease in lymphoma, spreads and enlarges. Hyperplasia due to a local inflammatory process rarely causes pain and does not spread. Biopsy will resolve problem ...Read more

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My 7yo has had enlarged l. Neck lymph node for past 5 yrs. Doc & hematologist say its nothing. R. One was big for 1yr but went down. Why l. Still big?

My 7yo has had enlarged l. Neck lymph node for past 5 yrs. Doc & hematologist say its nothing. R. One was big for 1yr but went down. Why l. Still big?

See below.: Lymph nodes are 'houses' for white blood cells (in addition to filtering debris and germs out of the body). Sometimes, just as when you build an addition on your house, you don't tear it down when you don't need the space anymore, the lymph node stays large. As long as it doesn't keep growing and doesn't get red, tender, squishy, or rock-hard, it can be monitored by the doctor at checkups. ...Read more

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What could produce only my left neck lymph node to swell?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. A lymph node "tastes" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. You can feel them then. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about a sharp pain around my left neck lymph node that is not allowing me to turn my head?

Should I be concerned about a sharp pain around my left neck lymph node that is not allowing me to turn my head?

Yes: Most likely coming from an infection in your mouth or throat. But yes be concerned and if not promptly improving with conservative measures get it checked out. ...Read more

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Had a peritonsil abcess on left side, swollen left neck lymph node, now a rash on the lft side of face and left side inner thigh... what can this be?

Had a peritonsil abcess on left side, swollen left neck lymph node, now a rash on the lft side of face and left side inner thigh... what can this be?

Rash: 30 year old gentleman with a past medical history of a peritonsillar abscess with lymphadenopathy now presents with a rash on left side of face and left side inner thigh. The differential diagnosis of rashes is very large. Visit your MD. If you were treated with antibiotics please call the MD who treated you and tell him about your rash. Good luck. ...Read more

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What would cause severe sense of panic, nervousness, and fear as well as joint pain, and chronic swollen left neck lymph node; teen onsetting?

What would cause severe sense of panic, nervousness, and fear as well as joint pain, and chronic swollen left neck lymph node; teen onsetting?

See below: These symptoms are probably due to different things. In addition to seeing specialists, you need a good primary care provider who can help coordinate your care and help sort through your symptoms. ...Read more

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My lymph node on the left side of my neck has been swollen and sensitive for almost three months now should I be concerned?

My lymph node on the left side of my neck has been swollen and sensitive for almost three months now should I be concerned?

See physician: While lymph nodes may temporarily enlarge and feel tender with an acute infection, a persistent swollen and sensitive isolated lymph node should be examined by a physician to rule out any serious condition. ...Read more

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My left lymph node is swollen and hurts and has the left side of my neck hurting when i move it and i can feel it. What could it be?

My left lymph node is swollen and hurts and has the left side of my neck hurting when i move it and i can feel it.  What could it be?

Most likely an: Viral infection, but it could be serious like tuberculosis or valley fever. It could also be malignancy such as hodgkin's disease or lymphoma. Best to go to doctor to figure it out for you. ...Read more

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Something on the left side of my neck right about where my lymph node is feels like it gets caught and causes severe pain. Should i be concerned?

Something on the left side of my neck right about where my lymph node is feels like it gets caught and causes severe pain. Should i be concerned?

Question unclear: It is difficult to picture what you are talking about. Suggest you see a doctor and show this to them. It probably will go away on its own, but if continues, definitely see somebody. Concern is minimal, but varies from person to person. Good luck and hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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For about a week now, I have had a lymph node on the right side in the front of my neck that is a little bigger than the left one.?

For about a week now, I have had a lymph node on the right side in the front of my neck that is a little bigger than the left one.?

Lymph Node: You could have swollen lymph nodes. However the swollen lymph nodes suggest an inflammatory or infectious process happening in your body. If this does not resolve I would seek medical evaluation to determine why you have swollen lymph nodes and why its bothering you. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node at right side of my neck, but left side seems ok. Why the difference?

Swollen lymph node at right side of my neck, but left side seems ok.  Why the difference?

Fight local infectio: Lymph nodes enlarge in response to inflammation in the area from which their drainage occurs. If you have an infected gum or tooth, have a one-sided tonsillar infection, or other similar conditions, this may be the explanation. If the node continues to enlarge, changes character (becomes hard, fixed, tender, warm to touch, etc.), or fails to resolve in time, have it examined by a doctor. ...Read more

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I have 2 knots in the lymph node on the left side of my neck. I have taken a zpack and its not any better what should I do?

I have 2 knots in the lymph node on the left side of my neck. I have taken a zpack and its not any better what should I do?

Lymph nodes in neck: The lymph nodes in the neck can take up to a few weeks to come down after an illness.. Even if the illness is properly treated. If none of your symptoms are improving - you either have been given the wrong antibiotic or you had a viral illness to begin with (most common reason i see why people don't get better after an antibiotic). ...Read more

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Left side neck hurts at one point. think its lymph node. im 17. i smoke abit.not consistant. im scared its cancer. pls help?

Left side neck hurts at one point. think its lymph node. im 17. i smoke abit.not consistant. im scared its cancer. pls help?

Neck Pain: Chances are it is not cancer. You definitely should not smoking because it does increase your risk of cancer. You should see a doctor for evaluation to find out what is going on and to, I expect, alleviate your anxiety and fear about the cancer. ...Read more

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discovered a lymph node year ago, left side back of neck under hairline. I've been squeezing it ever since. It has gotten bigger. Should I be worried?

discovered a lymph node year ago, left side back of neck under hairline. I've been squeezing it ever since. It has gotten bigger. Should I be worried?

Can you leave it: alone?Certianly,stop squeezing it and monitor it's size.If enlarges,show your doc soon.If stays the same,point it out when you see your doc.Not to worry,unless you have more enlarged nodes,weight loss,night sweats,fever,rash,... ...Read more

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I've had a marble sized swollen lymph node on the back of my neck that can be felt when I look left. Is it normal for them to stay swollen that long?

I've had a marble sized swollen lymph node on the back of my neck that can be  felt when I look left.  Is it normal for them to stay swollen that long?

? Swollen nose??: You state that you have a swollen lymph node in neck. You don't state for how long, if painful, if hard, if it is growing in size or number, if you have any associated symptoms or signs, if you have raised these concerns with your doc, and what if any his response has been? Once you know, get back with a more targeted question. ...Read more

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Hard lymph node on neck, nasuea and pain on left side of abdomen? What could be the cause?

Hard lymph node on neck, nasuea and pain on left side of abdomen? What could be the cause?

Get it checked: Small swollen lymph nodes and GI symptoms could be related to virus such as cold, flu, or gastroenteritis (although this does not usually cause swollen lymph nodes). If a lymph node feels hard, fixed in place, and does not go away within a week, it should be checked by a doctor to make sure it is not something more serious. ...Read more

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What can I do if my left lymph node on my neck is swollen and it hurts. Should i be worried?

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