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Enlarging, firm popliteal lymph nodes behind right knee. No signs of infection. Any idea what the cause or seriousness could be?

Enlarging, firm popliteal lymph nodes behind right knee. No signs of infection. Any idea what the cause or seriousness could be?

Several causes : There can be several causes of enlarged popliteal lymph nodes.The commonest is infection in the distal part of the extremity like foot, ankle and leg.You say you do not have any infection.Other causes are lymphomas, leukemia and metastasis disease and that can only be diagnosed by doing an excision biopsy.You should check with your doctor what he/she feels need to be done to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How is a popliteal lymph node biopsy performed?

How is a popliteal lymph node biopsy performed?

The popliteal: Space is the pocket behind the knee. There are lymph nodes in this area. A surgeon would numb the skin and tissue and remove the lymph node for pathologic study. ...Read more

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Is a popliteal lymph node biopsy performed under local or general anaesthesia? Is it a straight cut or an s cut?

Is a popliteal lymph node biopsy performed under local or general anaesthesia? Is it a straight cut or an s cut?

Either: A popliteal lymph node dissection is usually performed using local or regional anesthesia (nerve block) along with sedation. General anesthesia may be required depending on pathology or other medical issues. ...Read more

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Soft, squishy lumps on back outer thigh about 3 inches above knee and on both legs. Dr said not in popliteal lymph node area and likely just anatomy?

Soft, squishy lumps on back outer thigh about 3 inches above knee and on both legs. Dr said not in popliteal lymph node area and likely just anatomy?

Simple problem: You have given me a wonderful description of what we call lipomas. These are noncancerous fatty growths that can occur almost anywhere on the body. They cannot be transmitted from person to person so the fact you both have them is not any consideration. If they cause you pain, discomfort or are unsightly, they are easy to remove. They can grow so you may want to have them removed at some point. ...Read more

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Hard, fixed lymph nodes in neck. U/s stated nodes appeared normal. Can u/s distinguish a hard node from soft node? Can u/s detect nhl?

Hard, fixed lymph nodes in neck. U/s stated nodes appeared normal. Can u/s distinguish a hard node from soft node? Can u/s detect nhl?

Neck masses: Other than lymph nodes in neck are commonly thyroid nodules, branchial cleft cysts, lipomas. If you can feel these masses in your neck, have your doctor order a ct or mri. Ultrasound is particularly good at telling whether a mass is solid or cystic, not hard or soft. ...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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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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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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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