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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