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Doctor insights on: Left Supraclavicular Lymph Node

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Why does left supraclavicular lymph node swell?

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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My left supraclavicular lymph node is big hard. Why only one side?

My left supraclavicular lymph node is big hard. Why only one side?

Cannot tell: A large supraclavicular node may be due to many different things, and whether it needs to be biopsied depends on whether "hard" means stony hard, whether it is fixed to underlying tissues, tender, continuing to enlarge, how long it has been there and many other things will influence decision-making. See your doctor and get this taken care of. ...Read more

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I have a palpable left supraclavicular lymph node that I first noticed 4 days ago. It is around 1cm, moves (squirms) around, and was initially tender?

I have a palpable left supraclavicular lymph node that I first noticed 4 days ago.  It is around 1cm, moves (squirms) around, and was initially tender?

Reactive lymph node: It is not unusual for a person to have occasional reactive lymph nodes that enlarge in response to infections and inflammation. Nodes in that area can react to throat or pulmonary(lung) problems. It could also be a deep cyst or other type of mass. Not to cause undue concern, but enlarged nodes always need to be evaluated for lymphoma. You definintely should get it checked. ...Read more

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What cancers usually lead to a swollen left supraclavicular lymph node?

What cancers usually lead to a swollen left supraclavicular lymph node?

Several: More common cancers leading to enlarged supraclavicular nodes include lymphoma (hodgkin and non-hodgkin), lung cancer, abdominal cancers such as esophageal and stomach, and breast cancer. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about an already enlarged left supraclavicular lymph node that has now doubled in size after a flu shot yesterday?

Should I be concerned about an already enlarged left supraclavicular lymph node that has now doubled in size after a flu shot yesterday?

Call doc to be safe: Assuming your flu shot was on the same side, this sounds like a normal reaction to immune stimulation from the vaccine, more prominent than usual because of the previous enlargement. Probably it's nothing to worry about, but call your doctor's office to be sure they agree. Is the cause of the enlarged lymph node known? If not, for sure bring it to your doctor's attention. ...Read more

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How likely is it that the first sign of pancreatic cancer would be a palpable left supraclavicular lymph node?

How likely is it that the first sign of pancreatic cancer would be a palpable left supraclavicular lymph node?

It can happen: Pancreatic and stomach cancer can be quite advanced before they are detected, and it is well described that the first manifestation can be a palpable "Virchow's node." ...Read more

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My left supraclavicular lymph node has been 1cm, firm, and movable for 2yrs. Also I've had blood in stool 4x in for 8 months but too remote to see a dr?

My left supraclavicular lymph node has been 1cm, firm, and movable for 2yrs. Also I've had blood in stool 4x in for 8 months but too remote to see a dr?

Need to see a Doctor: Usual age is unusual for stomach cancer. But the correlation of left supraclavicular nodes with positive blood in stool occure in stomach cancer. Are you in the medical field as you had the stool checked, despite remote access to a doctorare there any other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, weight loss.Are you anemic. Have you checked your hemoglobin . Do you have any haemorroids. ...Read more

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Lump on left breast for 4 weeks - feels on surface, not "in" breast. No visible skin changes, or changes to breast shape. Also enlarged left supraclavicular lymph node. Only 23 - is cancer possible?

Lump on left breast for 4 weeks - feels on surface, not "in" breast. No visible skin changes, or changes to breast shape. Also enlarged left supraclavicular lymph node. Only 23 - is cancer possible?

Possible: Persistent breast lumps, regardless of age, should be aggressively evaluated. See your primary physician for referral to a surgeon, a breast center for mammogram and possible ultrasound with biopsy if required. No more waiting- get acting. ...Read more

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My left supraclavicular lymph node was swollen but now its going down, so was it infected?

My left supraclavicular lymph node was swollen but now its going down, so was it infected?

Not likely: Lymph nodes which enlarge are not necessarily, and in fact rarely infected, but are responding to a regional inflammation by fighting whatever is producing the inflammation. Lymph nodes can become infected, just like any other area of the body, but if they are it is unlikely that the size will go down. ...Read more

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My daughter is 10 and has allergies and has a swollen left supraclavicular lymph node for a year. It is 2cm. Could this be from allergies ?

My daughter is 10 and has allergies and has a swollen left supraclavicular lymph node for a year. It is 2cm. Could this be from allergies ?

Probably not: Allergies don't cause lymphadenopathy, but this is something that sometimes happens with children. To be sure, you should discuss this with her pediatrician. ...Read more

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