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Doctor insights on: Painful Swelling Of Lymph Nodes In Arm

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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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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Can lymph nodes swell infrequently ? I've been to the doc for neck swelling and arm pit pain but 4 docs have said they feel no swelling any ideas ?

Can lymph nodes swell infrequently ? I've been to the doc for neck swelling and arm pit pain but 4 docs have said they feel no swelling any ideas ?

Yes, and several: Lymph nodes part of our immune defense system for virus, microorganisms & cancer. About 1% of blood plasma (water) which departs arterial-end of capillaries is not picked back up at venous-end, body wide. Lymph vessels return this excess water (& whatever is in the water) from around cells back into the blood stream. Lymph nodes, full of white blood cells, remove items/cells recognized not healthy. ...Read more

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I have pain off and on (little/no swelling) in my left arm pit lymph nodes and extending 4" out toward my nipple. However, I am a 53 yr old male???

I have pain  off and on (little/no swelling) in my left arm pit lymph nodes and extending 4" out toward my nipple.  However, I am a 53 yr old male???

Evaluation: Please get seen by a physician as soon as possible .Lymph nodes are specialized structures in the body that filter lymph fluid of harmful pathogens, cancer cells, and cellular waste. Good luck ...Read more

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2 or 3 neck lymph nodes smaller than 1 CM (between 3mm and 5mm) are considered lymphadenopathy, or are still within the parameters considered safe?

Could be: Sounds like something we would call "shotty adenopathy" meaning feels like gun shot. The could be nothing might could also mean something so should be followed and evaluated. If they disappear, not likely a problem. If they persist, or grow, need to probably be biopsied. Good luck. ...Read more

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What could cause lymphadenopathy for over a year? I've already had a needle biopsy which only showed that my lymph nodes are reactive.

What could cause lymphadenopathy for over a year? I've already had a needle biopsy which only showed that my lymph nodes are reactive.

In many cases,: A needle biopsy is not adequate for a diagnosis. There are a fair number of infections as well as other things that can do this. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with bilateral inguinal lymphadenopathy. But my inguinal lymph nodes do not hurt at all? Does this diagnosis sound right?

I have been diagnosed with bilateral inguinal lymphadenopathy. But my inguinal lymph nodes do not hurt at all? Does this diagnosis sound right?

Need work-up: Bilateral inguinal lymphadenopathies-mean-you have lymph nodes enlargement that are located on both groins area. Now, it is not a diagnosis-it is just a sign/clinical finding. Diagnosis still has to be made. There are different things that can cause above finding- inflammation, autoimmune problem, infection, malignancy etc. Please go to see your md for eval- ie-blood work, imaging, biopsy etc. ...Read more

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Generalised lymphadenopathy with rubbery lymph nodes at 3cm various locations n pelvic clusters of 7 small rock hard nodes a sigh of lymphoma?

Generalised lymphadenopathy with rubbery lymph nodes at 3cm various locations n pelvic clusters of 7 small rock hard nodes a sigh of lymphoma?

Biopsy: Generalized lymphadenopathy needs to get quick attention , there are several causes and lymphoma is one possible cause , only examination and texture is not adequate to make diagnosis. Need biopsy and pathology exam to make diagnosis . Need to see doc quickly. ...Read more