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Why would my dr send me to an oncologist? Enlarged (r) supraclavicular lymph node, hard, non mobile, and matted. What to expect?

Why would my dr send me to an oncologist? Enlarged (r) supraclavicular lymph node, hard, non mobile, and matted. What to expect?

Further evaluation: Your doc is concerned about the possibility of malignancy being present. Diseases such as lymphoma or metastatic cancer or locally advanced cancer could be present. A oncologist will guide you through the process of undergoing the work-up to determine the cause of the enlarged nodes. ...Read more

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How to determine if my lymph node is hard?

How to determine if my lymph node is hard?

Function/condition: 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. Lymph nodes "taste" 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 your body reacts. They enlarge/hard in response to the inflammation created when they react. ...Read more

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Would a cancerous axillary lymph node be hard on the outside but soft in the middle, and would it be red and bruised looking?

Would a cancerous axillary lymph node be hard on the outside but soft in the middle, and would it be red and bruised looking?

Cancerous lymph node: Yes, cancerous lymph node can be soft in the middle, because sometimes cancer cells undergoes necrosis and become soft. ...Read more

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I have a swollen preauricular lymph node. It's hard, doesn't move, and hurts. How long should I let it go before I see a doctor? Primary care or ENT?

I have a swollen preauricular lymph node. It's hard, doesn't move, and hurts. How long should I let it go before I see a doctor? Primary care or ENT?

That location: Really doesn't have lymph nodes, they are found postauricular or along jaw line, so I would be concerned about cyst or tumor. I would head to primary care if it doesn't clear in 2 -3 weeks. ...Read more

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I have hard lymp nodes under my jaw and was wondering, Can lymph nodes be hard and non cancerous?

I have hard lymp nodes under my jaw and was wondering, Can lymph nodes be hard and non cancerous?

Yes: Scar tissue is sort-of-hard (harder than a lean, flexed muscle which is the standard for "firm"). The "hard" of cancerous lymph nodes is often almost "bony hard" (like your knuckle). ...Read more

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Can you please explain why cancer of the blood cells or lymph nodes is hard to control?

Can you please explain why cancer of the blood cells or lymph nodes is hard to control?

Depends on the type: Of disorder. Cancer of the blood in children are often curable. Hodgkins type of cancer of lymph nodes can also be cured. Other cancers of blood and lymph nodes have variable responses. ...Read more

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If an ultrasound of the cervical lymph node area is negative but those lymph nodes are hard, can they still be calcified?

If an ultrasound of the cervical lymph node area is negative but those lymph nodes are hard, can they still be calcified?

Ambiguous word: "Negative" word is non specific. Negative for what? Ultrasound reports must have description of findings. You can consult me for further information and I will be the whole report along with your symptoms of you have any for proper diagnosis ...Read more

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Lower right neck swollen non painful lymph node and hard have sucked in eardrum as well scared of lymphoma how long should I wait to see if it resides?

Lower right neck swollen non painful lymph node and hard have sucked in eardrum as well scared of lymphoma how long should I wait to see if it resides?

It depends...: Lymph nodes in the neck can be enlarged due to infection, inflammation or due to cancer. If your node is hard to touch and painless, that makes it suspicious for Cancer but only if their size is more than 1 or 2Cm. If youc an feel the L. node easily and it is bigger than the size of a Quarter, it is of concern and needing medical examination by your doctor. Only your physician can tell if a Biopsy ...Read more

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Pressure in neck and ears. Close to the back of jaw. Also think my lymph nodes are hard close to the pressure. Really uncomfortable.

Pressure in neck and ears. Close to the back of jaw. Also think my lymph nodes are hard close to the pressure. Really uncomfortable.

Neck/jaw /ear press: May be otitis, ear ache versus TMJ. Do you feel popping when placing a finger in front of your mid ear (tragus)? That would support TMJ Would follow up w/doc/ urgent care for otitis you need antibiotics ...Read more

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I have one swollen lymph node on my kneck, also soar throat on that side, lymph node is hard, has been for 3 weeks. Concerned about cancer, thoughts?

I have one swollen lymph node on my kneck, also soar throat on that side, lymph node is hard, has been for 3 weeks. Concerned about cancer, thoughts?

Infection: This is more likely from an infection at the side of the swollen nodes (sinus, throat, dental, ear etc). Since it has been 3 weeks, need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Swollen shiny red lump on left side forehead? Origin. 24 hours later my left parotid lymph node became hard, tender & pea sized. Area around lump starting to get itchy. Afebrile & asymptomatic.

Swollen shiny red lump on left side forehead? Origin. 24 hours later my left parotid lymph node became hard, tender & pea sized. Area around lump starting to get itchy. Afebrile & asymptomatic.

Don't Squeeze: It sounds like you may have a furuncle (small boil). Your lymph nodes are probably reacting to the infection. Many patients make the mistake of squeezing boils. This may cause further injury to the skin and make things worse! Apply a warm compress and be patient. Don't squeeze. ...Read more

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High fever (102-103), swollen tonsils/lymph nodes, headache, hard to swallow, fast heartbeat, shivering. 26, female. Getting worse over 3 day period.

High fever (102-103), swollen tonsils/lymph nodes, headache, hard to swallow, fast heartbeat, shivering. 26, female. Getting worse over 3 day period.

Pharyngitis: If you are getting worse you should see your doctor. Try and keep your fever under control with acetaminophen and ibuprofen, and be sure to drink more liquids than normal to stay hydrated. Your doctor can check you for strep throat, but many viruses can cause the same symptoms. ...Read more

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Tooth #19 root abscess; extracted and bone graft. Two months later swollen lymph nodes and hard lump angle of jaw. On clindamycin. Did abscess spread?

Tooth #19 root abscess; extracted and bone graft. Two months later swollen lymph nodes and hard lump angle of jaw. On clindamycin. Did abscess spread?

Hard lumps: It is really hard to tell where your infection may be coming from, but among the list of possibilities is that your body rejected the bone graft, there may be another tooth along your bottom jaw infected, your gums may be infected, you may have an infection elsewhere in your head, or the lumps are not infection. Best to see your dentist to give definitive answers. I hope the best for you. ...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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How likely is it that a hard lymph node is serious?

How likely is it that a hard lymph node is serious?

It depends: Hardness may be caused by the fact that the lymph node is scarred from an old infection, so it's not necessarily a sign of current disease. One has to look for other clues at the same time: size, mobility, rate of growth, pain, tenderness, etc. And of course other general signs of illness. All these factors come into play in determining the cause-and hence seriousness-of a swollen node. ...Read more

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Will constantly poking a lymph node make it feel hard?

Will constantly poking a lymph node make it feel hard?

Irritating Lymphs: I think we turn to our mothers for the answer to this question: please do not pinch, poke, or otherwise irritate sores, lumps or bumps.

But it is most likely not to turn a spot 'hard'. Lymph nodes that are swollen are usually fighting off or taking care of an infection or other something that is foreign to the body.

If there is pain or fever you may need to be seen. ...Read more

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I have a hard lymph node on right back side of neck. I've had this since I was 8. I'm 57 now. It's now enlarged, painful & harder. Over 4 weeks. Why?

I have a hard lymph node on right back side of neck. I've had this since I was 8. I'm 57 now. It's now enlarged, painful & harder. Over 4 weeks. Why?

It should be: Biopsied to ensure that it has not turned cancerous. A head and neck surgeon should be able to assist you in the process. Good luck! ...Read more

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Fixed, bone-hard lymph node on the back of my skull. What could this be?

Fixed, bone-hard lymph node on the back of my skull. What could this be?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...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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Hard lymph node in left armpit painful and tender had it for three days?

Hard lymph node in left armpit painful and tender had it for three days?

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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I have a single hard lymph node in the side of my neck just above the clavicle I have a single hard lymph node in the side of my neck just above the clavicle it's not painful and it has the same size of a single grain of peas it has been there for about a

I have a single hard lymph node in the side of my neck just above the clavicle I have a single hard lymph node in the side of my neck just above the clavicle it's not painful and it has the same size of a single grain of peas it has been there for about a

Enlarged: Enlarged lymph nodes or "lymphadenopathy" are very common. Lymph nodes are part of the immune system and enlarge with white blood cells to fight off infections when they detect a foriegn substance such as a virus or bacteria. (ever notice lumps in your neck with a sore throat?) usually these nodes shrink back down to normal size a few weeks after the infection is over, but can sometimes stay enlarged. No one is quite sure why this happens, but it's usually harmless.

Other illnesses such as autoimmune disease or cancer can cause enlarged lymph nodes, but often multiple nodes are involved, they can get very large, keep growing instead of shrinking and are associated with other symptoms such as fever, chills, weight loss, rash, etc. Presuming that you have no other symptoms besides this noticeable but unchanging node, odds of it being anything dangerous are extremely low. Reasons to see your doctor would include an enlarging node, more noticeable nodes appearing, any other signs of illness or if it concerns you and you just want it checked out. ...Read more