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What is a lymph node specialist called?

What is a lymph node specialist called?

A Doctor: All of us are trained to evaluate lymph nodes. Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria . 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. ...Read more

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I've had a bilateral neck dissection for thyroid cancer in 2011. My neck has been swollen for 3 years. Should i see a lymph node specialist?

I've had a bilateral neck dissection for thyroid cancer in 2011. My neck has been swollen for 3 years. Should i see a lymph node specialist?

No: Lymph node dissection for thyroid cancer at age 22 is essentially cureable. In standard radical neck dissections for squamous Ca the jugular vein is taken. While vein resection is not usually a part of the node dissection for thyroid Ca, these veins may have been taken leading to this problem. As such drainage out of the H&N is limited. Warm compresses to the neck on a daily basis may help. ...Read more

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My lymph node has been swollen for over 5 yrs was first told it will go have not felt right since what kind of specialist should i see ..thankyou?

My lymph node has been swollen for over 5 yrs was first told it will go have not felt right since what kind of specialist should i see ..thankyou?

It depends: if the node is the size of a pea and is not growing you should see your family doctor. If it is painful and growing than you should go to urgent care to check it out. If on the other hand if its a bit larger and non painful. Finally if you want a complete evaluation a hematologist/onchologist will get the job done. ...Read more

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Swollen occipital & cervical lymph nodes. Painless but there for months. Wbc is just below normal. Pcp says don't worry. Should i see a specialist?

Yes: If they are 1 cm or larger then that warrants investigation. CBC doesn't always mirror a lymphoma, hiv, or other causes of multiply enlarged nodes. I am concerned because you have enlarged nodes in diverse locations especially if they continue to increase in number or size. If they don't decline with antibiotics then get one remover for analysis. ...Read more

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If two different specialists found lymph nodes in right side of neck to feel hard but ultrasound showed nothing, what else could cause?

If two different specialists found lymph nodes in right side of neck to feel hard but ultrasound showed nothing, what else could cause?

Probably normal: Small lymph nodes often can be felt in entirely healthy people. Usually they are just a bit prominent after some distant past inflammation. The absence of significantly enlarged lymph nodes by ultrasound is reassuring and probably means nothing is abnormal. To be sure, check the specialist who recommended the ultrasound. ...Read more

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As the salivary glands and lymph nodes look the same, so how a sonography specialist can find out that the lymph node is swollen or salivary glands?

As the salivary glands and lymph nodes look the same, so how a sonography specialist can find out  that the lymph node is swollen or salivary glands?

Anatomy: The anatomical position helps to make the sonographic differentiation. But it is always a presumptive determination.....real tissue dx is always needed with obvious clinical features. ...Read more

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I have been given a diagnosis of abnormal lymph nodes in lungs however a specialist says i can not have a biopsy until i stop coughing??? is this normal?? i have multiple auto immune diseases and have been coughing chronically for 5 weeks now

I have been given a diagnosis of abnormal lymph nodes in lungs however a specialist says i can not have a biopsy until i stop coughing??? is this normal?? i have multiple auto immune diseases and have been coughing chronically for 5 weeks now

Abnormal lymph nodes: in your chest,requiring further investigations, your specialist definitely has a valid reason for his/her decision to get a biopsy and for getting your cough under control first before attempting any procedure, complex cases as yours require complex decisions and team approach, a second opinion might help, if feasible, meanwhile trust your physicians,bear with them tell you get through tough times ...Read more

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A specialist who deal with swollen lymph nodes in armpit???I have this problem 3 times already, 2012 ,2014 both times removed and now is back again .

A specialist who deal with swollen lymph nodes in armpit???I have this problem 3 times already, 2012 ,2014  both times removed and now is back again .

Are these cyts: Unusual to have repetition of nodal enlargement with repeated resection. Nodes in axilla for the most part are under the axillary vein and when thee nodes are palpable there is some form of pathology. Rather additional nodules that appear as nodes can be related to sweat gland lesions under the skin or sebaceous cysts of skin of axilla. Check path to get better idea of what is causing problem. ...Read more