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Doctor insights on: Lymph Nodes Enlarged In Neck

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Neck MRI showed "several top-normal diam lymph nodes scattered about the left jugulo-digastric chain, most notable at left Level II" as well as lymphadenopathy. This is where my doc felt the supraclavicular "mass", as he called it. Also, I have been havi

Neck MRI showed "several top-normal diam lymph nodes scattered about the left jugulo-digastric chain, most notable at left Level II" as well as lymphadenopathy. This is where my doc felt the supraclavicular "mass", as he called it.  Also, I have been havi

Not sure of question: It sounds like your doctor found a "mass" in your neck above your collar bone and recommended an MRI. This confirmed the presence of lymph nodes in the same area, some of which were slightly large, at the upper ("top normal") limit of normal. These could be reactive... responding to some inflammation/infection nearby or neoplastic (tumor). Depending on other symptoms, observation or biopsy is next ...Read more

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Help! swelling of throat and tonsils, lymph nodes enlarged on neck, violent coughing, very painful to swallow. Fever, body aches, head congestion.

Help! swelling of throat and tonsils, lymph nodes enlarged on neck, violent coughing, very painful to swallow. Fever, body aches, head congestion.

? Head cold?: It sounds like a bad case of virus infection. It will take a few days to resolve. I would advise you to take tylenol (acetaminophen) 2 tablets every 6 hourly for the next 2-3 days. This will relieve the pain. If you have a runny nose or sinus congestion, you could take over the counter decongestant. You c an also buy combinations of 2-3 head cold medicines which contain decongestants along with tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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How can you tell if your lymph nodes are abnormally enlarged in your neck, armpits or groin?

How can you tell if your lymph nodes are abnormally enlarged in your neck, armpits or groin?

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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Both cervical lymph nodes enlarged on both sides of my neck, but my right lymph node seems to be more enlarged than the other one. No pain. Why?

Both cervical lymph nodes enlarged on both sides of my neck, but my right lymph node seems to be more enlarged than the other one. No pain. Why?

Infection: Lymph nodes usually enlarge to fight off infection. That is their primary function. If they are larger than one centimeter (about a half inch) or if there are many of them and they are not going away, then see your doctor to make sure they are normal and not a cause for concern. ...Read more

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What to do if I have three enlarged lymph nodes in my neck should I be concerned?

What to do if I have three enlarged lymph nodes in my neck should I be concerned?

If persistent,yes: Large palpable lymph nodes in the neck are not consistent with normal findings. Depending on size, and presence of tenderness and if along the jugular chain, they should be carefully watched. Any increase in number and further enlargement in size should cause suspicion of underlying pathology and require surgical excision of one node for bx rather than aspiration. ...Read more

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If enlarged lymph nodes in neck are because of cancer somewhere else would it have to be in an area close to the neck?

If enlarged lymph nodes in neck are because of cancer somewhere else would it have to be in an area close to the neck?

Yes and no...: Neck lymph nodes may become enlarged with tumors of the head and neck, such as squamous cell carcinoma of the throat. (Smokers are prone to this problem.) This is because the lymphatic channels in the neck will filter through neck nodes before draining into a larger vessel in the chest. In contrast, lymphoma is a tumor of lymph nodes themselves, and can enlargement of any node. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have enlarged lymph nodes in the neck? Because i can't tell what im suppose to see or feel

How can you tell if you have enlarged lymph nodes in  the neck? Because i can't tell what im suppose to see or feel

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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Can you get enlarged lymph nodes in your neck because of cancer somewhere else? Or can it be because I have pressed my neck a lot?

Can you get enlarged lymph nodes in your neck because of cancer somewhere else? Or can it be because I have pressed my neck a lot?

See below: Pressing the neck will not cause the lymph nodes to enlarge. It is very unlikely that cancer somewhere else is causing neck nodes to enlarge. To find out more would require additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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My 6 year old son has had enlarged lymph nodes of the neck for 4 years now, his LDH has gone from 487 to 522 in 3 months, what does this mean?

Many things: LDH is a rather nonspecific test. It can be elevated in cardiac, blood, liver, lung, muscle, kidney disease & malignancy. Your child's pediatrician or gastroenterologist are really the on's who you should be discussing this with, since they are familiar with & managing your child's health. ...Read more