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Popliteal Lymph Nodes
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
Is a popliteal lymph node biopsy performed under local or general anaesthesia? Is it a straight cut or an s cut?
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
Swollen lymph nodes behind knee/minor knee and ankle swelling as well, but no scratches/bites. Should i be concerned?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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