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Doctor insights on: Lymph Node Removal Side Effects

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I have a lymph node in neck n its been swollen for years and now its big and won't go down. No bad side effects. Should I leave it alone and not worry?

I have a lymph node in neck n its been swollen for years and now its big and won't go down. No bad side effects. Should I leave it alone and not worry?

Worrisome?: A lymphnode that changes or enlarges is very concerning. Duration is concerning. My advice is to get it checked out. It most likely should be biopsied. There are some bad reasons that lymph nodes in the neck swell and enlarge. Don't chance it! Get chcked. See pcp, ent, surgeion, oncologist.

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I've taken Bactrim for 8 days with no obvious side effects but now I have hives and I've had a swollen lymph node on my left side of my neck and I have been having periodic nerve pain. Please, any suggestions would be great.

I've taken Bactrim for 8 days with no obvious side effects but now I have hives and I've had a swollen lymph node on my left side of my neck and I have been having periodic nerve pain. Please, any suggestions would be great.

Allergic reaction.: An allergic reaction to a drug may take several days to appear. If you are taking no other new meds, then you likely are allergic to Bactrim. Call the prescribing doctor. Take 25-50 mg Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) (after reading label to be sure it is something you can take safely). If you have trouble breathing, swallowing, or chest pain, go to an ER right away.

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How much time is lymph node removal for biopsy?

How much time is lymph node removal for biopsy?

Depends on location: Superficial nodes that are easily palpated etc. Can be biopsied more easily and quickly compare to deeper ones such as deep in chest or axillary area etc...Deep nodes/internal nodes such as those in chest are often just biospied and not removed--they do have important functions so don't remove unless you have to. Consult your doc. Good luck..

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Will the removal of a whole lymph node have a long-term effect on my health/ quality of life?

Will the removal of a whole lymph node have a long-term effect on my health/ quality of life?

Usually not: If it is not complete or near complete lymphadenectomy. And even then it is not that common, unless it is followed by radiation therapy to the area. A diagnostic biopsy or removal of an enlarged lymph node will have little to no effect. However, once you develop lymphedema of arm or leg, it is a difficult condition to treat.

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Recommended exercises and massage for after lymph node removal?

Recommended exercises and massage for after lymph node removal?

Risky activities: Lymph nodes monitor the status of the lymph which contains white cells that have eaten bacteria, viruses, etc and digested food too thick to go into the arteries/veins. Are delicate structures that when removed may reduce lymph flow. Further damage can occur if their area is further traumatized with unmonitored exercise and massage. Your surgeon is the best guide to what to do, how soon/often.

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How do I deal with lymphatic drainage due to lymph node removal?

How do I deal with lymphatic drainage due to lymph node removal?

Compression, massage: If you have lymphedema from lymph node removal then your options are to wear a special fitted compression wrap on your arm. Something else that can help is lymphatic massage.

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Can you tell me are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature?

Can you tell me are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature?

Absolutely not: The large majority of lymph nodes biopsied for diagnosis turn out not to bear cancer. And of the benign ones, the majority bear no specific illness.

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Are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature? Can you share some sources?

Are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature? Can you share some sources?

No: Lymph node removals are performed for two reasons. The first is for enlarged firm lymph nodes where the excision is for diagnostic purposes. The second is for removal of potentially metastatic nodes to stage an existing tumor such as melanoma of skin or a malignant lesion of breast.

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How does enlarged lymph node removal for microscopic exam aid in diagnosing certain disease?

How does enlarged lymph node removal for microscopic exam aid in diagnosing certain disease?

It's very helpful: Looking at the lymph node under a microscope can make the diagnosis if it's uncertain. If there is cancer present, then the pathologist can actually see the cancer cells and ascertain where the cancer is coming from and how aggressive it is. There are other causes of enlarged lns that can be identified as well - e.g. Fungi, or granulomatous diseases - these can be seen many times by microscopy.

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Seroma size of grapefruit in groin 3 weeks post lymph node removal. What to do, very painful.?

Seroma size of grapefruit in groin 3 weeks post lymph node removal. What to do, very painful.?

Painful seroma: If large and painful have it be evaluated by the lymph node removing surgeon with a view to possible ultrasound-guided drainage for symptom relief and to exclude infection

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Serendipitous discovery of enlarged lymph node in nf1 sufferer by pet - removal/biopsy planned. Should I be worried or is this likely to be benign nf?

Serendipitous discovery of enlarged lymph node in nf1 sufferer by pet - removal/biopsy planned. Should I be worried or is this likely to be benign nf?

Removal is better: Lymph mode needle biopsies are sometimes difficult to interpret thoroughly. If an excision of the node is possible, that may be a better option. That way the pathologist reviewing your case will be able to asses the complete nodal architecture. The only worry to have at this point is getting the best sample possible to correlate with the pet.

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What are long term side effects and precautions after 2 axillary lymph nodes surgically removed?

What are long term side effects and precautions after 2 axillary lymph nodes surgically removed?

Swelling of the arm: On occasion patients can get swelling of the arm called lymphadema. People with lymph node dissection should refrain from blood pressures and needle sticks in the affected arm.

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My brother was just diagnosed with melanoma, 27. His is 3mm deep. Having removal surgery & lymph node testing. What's his chance to be ok? So upset

My brother was just diagnosed with melanoma, 27. His is 3mm deep. Having removal surgery & lymph node testing. What's his chance to be ok? So upset

Fair: Malignant melanoma is an aggressive tumor, the potential for spread being volume of the lesion. This is measured by length x width followed by thickness. The thicker the lesion >2mm the greater the chance for spread. Ulceration also a poor prognostic finding. A small 3x4 mm lesion won't spread as a 3x4 cm lesion, so size and thickness count. Margins > 2 cm around resection important.

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Can a suture dehiscence heal itself? Or does it need to be reclosed? Surgeon said its normal but getting a 2nd opinion. 1wk post lymph node removal.

Can a suture dehiscence heal itself? Or does it need to be reclosed? Surgeon said its normal but getting a 2nd opinion. 1wk post lymph node removal.

Complete Toolkit: Sutures hold tissue together for faster healing. If after removal, the incision opens, then the body springs into action. Inflammation (red, hot, swelling, pain) occur as a natural process which make things heal. Keep the wound covered and changed dressing every other day or so. Avoid peroxide, alcohol, betadine, hibiclenas and motrin/advil as these slow down healing. Protect it from trauma.

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My dad had neck dissection and lymph nodes removed what are the side effects or risks involved after this procedure?

My dad had neck dissection and lymph nodes removed what are the side effects or risks involved after this procedure?

Neck Dissection: The best person to ask is the surgeon who did the surgery. He will know exactly what was done and can tell you what to expect specifically for your dad.

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How bad is it if one lymph node is postive after synovial sarcoma removal from left calf?

How bad is it if one lymph node is postive after synovial sarcoma removal from left calf?

IIt is not: A common dx, unlike its name, does not always occur at joints, but is lumped as a "soft part sarcoma" so it can metastasize to lungs, but unlike many sarcomas, it can also travel to lymph nodes. Resection free margins is key. Even 1 node conveys higher risk of relapse.

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Can a ENT dr know for sure just by looking at it that a lymph node in the juluar area after removal that it is not cancer or should they wait for path?

Can a ENT dr know for sure just by looking at it that a lymph node in the juluar area after removal that it is not cancer or should they wait for path?

Always Wait 4 Path: Microscopic cancer cannot be seen or felt; it requires microscopic evaluation by a pathologist. Therefore, while a normal-appearing lymph node is a good start, it is by no means definitive until pathologic evaluation is completed.

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Can a mastectomy with lymph node removal lead to intense itching in the arms?

Can a mastectomy with lymph node removal lead to intense itching in the arms?

Not usually: This is not an usual symptom, but it can be a sign of edema. If your arms are swollen see your doctor.

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Can someone who has had a mastectomy with lymph node removal end up with unusual itching in the arms?

Can someone who has had a mastectomy with lymph node removal end up with unusual itching in the arms?

Yes: Possible contact dermatits from our cleaning solutions- betadine or chloraprep. Or we set off hidradenitis (infection) in the sweat glands - but that is usually pain but all tempered by the fact that we may have cut the third intercostal- brachial nerve to get out the lymph nodes but that usually causes numbness or a "weird" tingling feeling - dysesthesias - in the armpit and down the.

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