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Doctor insights on: Matted Lymph Nodes

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What is classed as rubbery or matted lymph nodes? How do they feel and if their matted does that mean lots close together?

Yes..: Matted means 'lots closer' or stuck together. Matted nodes are harder in consistency as compared to rubbery nodes, which are softer to firm in consistency. ...Read more

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Does matted lymph nodes in neck mean cancer?

Does matted lymph nodes in neck mean cancer?

May be tuberculosis: Matted lymph nodes usually applies to chronic lymph node involvement from tuberculosis. Can certainly happen from lymphoma, secondary cancers, other chronic inflammatory diseases involving lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Are two lymph nodes each one of them is 1 CM in size, matted, movable a cause for concern?

Are two lymph nodes each one of them is 1 CM in size, matted, movable a cause for concern?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff 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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Do lymph nodes itch?

Do lymph nodes itch?

Lymph Nodes: Not really. They may become tender though in inflammatory states or when a patient is sick with infection. ...Read more

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Why do we have lymph nodes?

Why do we have lymph nodes?

Part of immunity: Lymph nodes are an essential part of our immune system. They not only generate precursor cells to what is termed "fixed tissue immune" processes, but they aid in formation of antibodies, they help fight any foreign materials in our body and they may be helpful in fighting certain tumors. We have a very complex and effective system to help combat disease and they are a big part. ...Read more

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Why do lymph nodes swell up?

Why do lymph nodes swell up?

Immune System HQ: The lymph nodes can be thought of as outposts for white blood cells. When there is an infection or inflammation in the area where a lymph node is draining fluid from, the white blood cells start to build up to fight it. This causes swelling in that node. ...Read more

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Pneuomia affect lymph nodes?

Pneuomia affect lymph nodes?

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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Could I irritate my lymph nodes?

Could I irritate my lymph nodes?

NOPE: You can, however, make them painful if you keep poking at them!
(It's called "lymphadenitis")
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Dr Z ...Read more

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Can my lymph nodes be scaring me?

Can my lymph nodes be scaring me?

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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Where are my lymph nodes located?

Where are my lymph nodes located?

Everywhere: 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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Are ther lymph nodes in your back?

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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Does pneuomonia affect lymph nodes?

It can: Depending on the organism involved, local lymph nodes may be enlarged due to inflammation. Viral pneumonia may be associated with general enlargement of lymph nodes. ...Read more

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How common are reactive lymph nodes?

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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What does the lymph nodes do for you?

What does the lymph nodes do for you?

A lot!: Lymph nodes are organized aggregates of lymphocytes with the main purpose to detect and inactivate foreign antigens arriving via lymph, collected principally from those organs in major contact with the environment (skin, respiratory and gastro-intestinal tract). They are involved in mounting a destructive response to the antigens and clearing them from the system. ...Read more

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Are there lymph nodes in the shoulders?

Are there lymph nodes in the shoulders?

Sort of: You have lymph nodes in your axilla (armpit) but nope in the shoulder joint or directly surrounding the joint. ...Read more

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Can you feel supraclavicle lymph nodes?

Can you feel supraclavicle lymph nodes?

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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How big should lymph nodes normally be?

How big should lymph nodes normally be?

Usually not felt: 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