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Is it normal to have palpable occipital lymph nodes in a 3 year old? There is about 3 of them on each side, small and movable. He has always had them.

Is it normal to have palpable occipital lymph nodes in a 3 year old? There is about 3 of them on each side, small and movable. He has always had them.

Very common: Palpable occipital nodes are very common in children. These nodes are activated by any rash, injury or irritation to the scalp. As long as no other enlarged nodes develop in other areas, he remains healthy and thriving, and they don't become red or painful, there is no cause for concern. ...Read more

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Hard occipital lymph nodes on either side of head. Was in contact with sick person. One seems to have shrunk, they don't hurt. Please help. Thanks!

Hard occipital lymph nodes on either side of head.    Was in contact with sick person. One seems to have shrunk, they don't hurt. Please help. Thanks!

Lymph nodes: Lymphadenitis or swollen lymph nodes is due to viral or bacterial infection. The swollen lymph nodes caused by cancer is not very common condition. I don't think that your case is any different. Possible a dental infection due to tooth abscess, gum abscess or combination of both. Rec.: see another physician or dentist for the second opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have 2 occipital lymph nodes <1.5cm for 6 years now the one in the right is moving and the one on the left is not moving they do not grow plz help?

I have 2 occipital lymph nodes <1.5cm for 6 years now the one in the right is moving and the one on the left is not moving they do not grow plz help?

Get checked: Palpable lymph nodes in this area beyond puberty is relatively uncommon. Although there may be nothing to worry about, they should always be examined by a physician and considered in the context of other possible symptoms and medical history. Biopsy is often considered to rule out occult infection, immune problem or malignancy. ...Read more

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What is avg size of occipital lymph node? Both of my lymph nodes are about size of dime or nickel. Cant quite tell due to location. Is that abnormal?

What is avg size of occipital lymph node? Both of my lymph nodes are about size of dime or nickel. Cant quite tell due to location. Is that abnormal?

Head/neck lymph node: They are typically small, less than 1.0 cm and not easy to feel. Greater than 1.0 cm is considered enlarged. Lymph nodes often react to acute or chronic inflammation in the area they drain, which in the occipital area is typically the scalp. See an ENT for a good head and neck exam and further work--up, as necessary. ...Read more

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I have four masses in my neck. Two in the occipital lymph nodes, and on each side of my wind pipe. My CBC is abnormal. Should i worry?

I have four masses in my neck. Two in the occipital lymph nodes, and on each side of my wind pipe. My CBC is abnormal. Should i worry?

Mass in neck.: Masses in neck are indeed potentially worrisome, but an ultrasound, simple labs, a physical exam and behavior of the nodes over time can usually sort this out and alleviate the worry. ...Read more

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Infant 2 m/o with occipital lymph nodes on each side of the head? Is it normal? He has a severe case of seborheic dermatitis (head, cheeks, forehead)

Infant 2 m/o with occipital lymph nodes on each side of the head? Is it normal? He has a severe case of seborheic dermatitis (head, cheeks, forehead)

Very common: Enlarged occipital lymph nodes are commonly found in children who have had rashes, infections or mild trauma to the scalp. These are generally of no significant clinical consequence and often reduce in size with time. ...Read more

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Normal to feel 4 or more cluster of occipital lymph nodes on toddler. Mobile and only one enlarged. Just got over ear infection.

Normal to feel 4 or more cluster of occipital lymph nodes on toddler. Mobile and only one enlarged. Just got over ear infection.

Not normal but...: Occipital nodes become palpable when young child experiences different viral illnesses or scalp infections. Swollen nodes are expected to subside within a month or two. ...Read more

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Have a whole line of swollen painful occipital lymph nodes.. behind my ear in the hairline and down my neck ? Neck is very painful?

 Have a whole line of swollen painful occipital lymph nodes.. behind my ear in the hairline and down my neck ? Neck is very painful?

Infection: Your lymph nodes are a line of defense against infection and sometimes allergic reactions in your body. When they swell, they are fighting the infection. In your case, they are probably overworked and probably need the assistance of an antibiotic. If they do not respond to treatment, blood tests may be helpful to determine other causes. ...Read more