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Doctor insights on: Swollen Lymph Node Or Cyst

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Can an impacted tooth lead to swollen lymph nodes, and cysts on the jaws line?

Can an impacted tooth lead to swollen lymph nodes, and cysts on the jaws line?

Yes: An infected impacted tooth can cause these. A panoramic xray or a cat scan may be needed to properly diagnose and treat. Visit your dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if I have swollen lymph nodes cysts and nodules all in the neck with other symptoms, like pain in the neck when drinking alcohol?

Should I be worried if I have swollen lymph nodes cysts and nodules all in the neck with other symptoms, like pain in the neck when drinking alcohol?

Get checked out: Although the scenario you describe could very well be something benign like mononucleosis or some other viral infection, you could be describing symptoms of malignant lymphoma or hodkins disease. You should have a medical check-up, as soon as possible, which should include a good exam (attention to your lymph nodes and spleen) and a some blood tests.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Large Hard Movable painful Lump in left Breast surface feel like cauliflower over12 months no swollen lymph nodes GP says Seed Cyst after exam True?

Large Hard Movable painful Lump in left Breast surface feel like cauliflower over12 months no swollen lymph nodes GP says Seed Cyst after exam True?

Breast self exam adv: I would advise you to examine your breast once monthly. The best time to do this exam is soon after your monthly period has ended. If you find the size of the lump is increasing, you will need a mammogram and/or Ultrasound of your breast. It could be all due to fibro-cystic changes caused by the hormonal changes during the monthly cycles. Does this lump become more or less painful during the month ...Read more

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Have sore, scratchy throat, swollen lymph node under jaw, congestion, and cysts or blocked lymph vessels on breasts. Should I be concerned/go to dr?

Have sore, scratchy throat, swollen lymph node under jaw, congestion, and cysts or blocked lymph vessels on breasts. Should I be concerned/go to dr?

Yes: The problem may simply be from a viral infection but it is prudent to see a doctor to get an examined especially if the problem has been present and not improving after a few days. ...Read more

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How do a cyst and a swollen lymph node differ?

How do a cyst and a swollen lymph node differ?

Fluid vs solid: A cyst is a fluid-filled sac like structure, usually benign
a swollen lymph node is a solid mass of variable size which could be benign or malignant
depends on size, location and clinical setting. ...Read more

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Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Unclear question: Cyst is a fluid filled structure and a swollen lymph node may be enlarged due to physiologic response to infections or may be enlarged due to cancer. It may not be feasible to know which one it is just by palpation. ...Read more

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Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to tell without examination and may require removing the lesion. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I get painful cysts on my chin or jawline, I'll get a swollen lymph node under my chin. Is this normal?

Sometimes when I get painful cysts on my chin or jawline, I'll get a swollen lymph node under my chin. Is this normal?

Yes: Any infected Acne cyst, boil or carbuncle in your face will trigger swelling of your local lymph nodes where it drains.
Many times your body will take care of it but if persistent and big may require antibiotic therapy and sometimes incision and drainage! ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node above right collar bone. Is this a cyst or something else?

Swollen lymph node above right collar bone. Is this a cyst or something else?

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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Help plz! Can sebasous cysts cause nearby swollen lymph nodes?

Help plz! Can sebasous cysts cause nearby swollen lymph nodes?

Occassionally: Sebaceous cysts arise in the skin as blackheads which then have capsular expansion and the development of the classic subcutaneous sebaceous cyst. Lymph nodes are the immune glands always found in proximity to major blood vessels like axillary, jugular or femoral vein. If a sebaceous cyst becomes infected because there is always a small opening at the skin level, infection could node swelling ...Read more

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Can a sebaceous cyst cause a swollen lymph node in your neck?

Can a sebaceous cyst cause a swollen lymph node in your neck?

Doubtful: It is conceivable, but not likely, that a sebaceous cyst will be mistaken for a lymph node, but cannot imagine it causing a swollen lymph node. Perhaps another doctor will comment on my response and correct me. ...Read more

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Can an infected pilinadal cyst cause painful swollen lymph nodes in upper inner thighs?

Yes: Its well known that the groin nodes, those in the upper inner thigh, respond to various disease processes especially in the thigh, perineal area and buttock region where the pilonidal abscess can arise. These nodes are particularly susceptible to infection and malignancies in this region, which then travel via the regional lymphatics to the node bearing areas in the groin. ...Read more

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How long does it take sebaceous cysts to go away? Are swollen lymph nodes really painful?

Might not: Sebaceous cysts typically have to be removed surgically. Swollen nodes can often be painful simply because of the swelling. ...Read more

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Chronic pilonidal cyst/Abcess, fills and drains constantly. Could this cause a persistant swollen lymph node in groin on one side?

Chronic pilonidal cyst/Abcess, fills and drains constantly. Could this cause a persistant swollen lymph node in groin on one side?

Terminology: If it is in the groin, it is not pilonidal cyst. Pilonidal cyst occurs in the butt crack. If there is a chronically draining lesion in the groin it could be from a lymphnode. In any case you need to see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you detect a sebaceous cyst under ultrasound? My doc said its a sebaceous cyst but I think its a swollen lymph node.

Can you detect a sebaceous cyst under ultrasound? My doc said its a sebaceous cyst but I think its a swollen lymph node.

Sebaceous cyst: It all depends on where the "cyst" is. If it is on the back, buttocks, abdominal wall, chest or neck it is most likely a sebaceous cyst. If it is in the armpit or groin it could also be an enlarged lymph node. An ultrasound examination can certainly distinguish between an enlarged lymph node and a sebaceous cyst. See your internist if the lump does not resolve. ...Read more

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Can you detect a sebaceous cyst under ultrasound? My doc said its a sebaceous cyst but I think its a swollen lymph node.

Can you detect a sebaceous cyst under ultrasound? My doc said its a sebaceous cyst but I think its a swollen lymph node.

Cystic lesions: Ultrasound is good for distinguishing solid vs. Cystic lesions and measuring depth. The juncture between tissues like fat and dermis can also often be identified. So if the lesion had cystic characteristics AND was within or attached to the skin, he has made a reasonable diagnosis. Some larger skin lesions can feel quite deep and be mistaken by palpation for other lesions. Path exam wld b good. ...Read more

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Can an ovarian cyst be causing swollen lymph nodes in groin (noticeable, not painful for months) and lower back pain?

Not typically: A "typical" ovarian cyst should not be associated with lymphadenopathy, although can be associated with back pain. A goid checkup with your medical doctor or gynecologist would probably be a good place to start. ...Read more

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4 year old with swollen lymph nodes on belly for over 2 months and also cyst in kidney. No viral illness. Can it be cancer?

4 year old with swollen lymph nodes on belly for over 2 months and also cyst in kidney. No viral illness. Can it be cancer?

Chances are low: Are the lymph nodes inside- or down in the groin- both are found in virus infections. Did you find out about the cysts with a CT scan? Usually if there is any concern for cancer the doctors will tell you to get further testing
One good thing is that if this is going on for 2 months and not causing weight loss or fever then it is less likely cancer- I would recommend talking with your doctor ...Read more

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What is a swollen lymph node like?

What is a swollen lymph node like?

Question is vague!: Swollen lymph node may reactive process or could be cancer (lymphoma or metastatic spread). Reactive process may be secondary to various organisms such as viral, bacterial, fungal (including granulomatous processes). Many other condtions are idiopathic (no known causative factor). ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node, should I be worried?

Swollen lymph node, should I be worried?

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 should I do if I have a swollen lymph node?

What should I do if I have a swollen lymph node?

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 are signs of a swollen lymph node going away?

It gets smaller: 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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Should I ice or heat a swollen lymph node?

Neither: The question should be why is it swollen and address the cause. Local heat or cold does not help. ...Read more

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Pus cells from swollen lymph node represent?

Pus cells from swollen lymph node represent?

Possible infection.: The cause of lymphadenopathy is often obvious after a complete history. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node for 6 month with no symptoms?

Swollen lymph node for 6 month with no symptoms?

Lymphadenopathy: Hi, you need to see an MD for evaluation and possible Ultrasound and biopsy of your node. ...Read more

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What can be done for a swollen lymph node (neck)?

What can be done for a swollen lymph node (neck)?

Evaluation is key: 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 can be done for a 7 year old with a swollen lymph node?

What can be done for a 7 year old with a swollen lymph node?

Usually is benign: Lymph nodes are located throughout the body & generally noticeable in exposed areas like the neck. They are usually pea sized at rest and enlarged when stimulated by bug bites, dermatitis, drainage or infection. They rarely can become damaged by infection & to golf ball size &need drainage or removal. Most enlarge and later shrink back down within a 3 wk cycle unless chronically stimulated ...Read more

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Does lymphangitis usually cause pain of the swollen lymph node?

Does lymphangitis usually cause pain of the swollen lymph node?

Yes: Lymphangitis is an infection that travels in the lymphatic channels to the lymph nodes, which become swollen and usually very tender. This is a serious condition that can lead to sepsis if not treated with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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Please tell me the difference between a swollen lymph node and a tumor?

Please tell me the difference between a swollen lymph node and a tumor?

Lymph node: A tumor is a collection or mass of cells anywhere it doesn't belong. A lymph node is a mass of cells "belongs" where it is and acts to filter lymph fluid, normal fluid released from cells in its neighborhood. Sometimes a lymph node becomes a "tumor" when it either filters cancer cells from a neighboring tumor which grow in it, or its cells actually become a tumor. Tricky but hope it helps. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why a swollen lymph node is a contraindication to a massage?

Can you please explain why a swollen lymph node is a contraindication to a massage?

Bad things spread: You can have swollen lymph nodes from infections or tumors. By rubbing it you may induce spread. ...Read more

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One swollen lymph node for 10 days and congestion how long do they take to go down?

One swollen lymph node for 10 days and congestion how long do they take to go down?

4-6 weeks: Enlarged lymph nodes can sometimes take 4-6 weeks to completely regress. After your symptoms are gone, it really should not get bigger. If it does, or if new ones appear, or if new symptoms (fever, fatigue, bruising, new cough, for example), you should see a health care provider. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node at right side of my neck, but left side seems ok. Why the difference?

Swollen lymph node at right side of my neck, but left side seems ok. Why the difference?

Fight local infectio: Lymph nodes enlarge in response to inflammation in the area from which their drainage occurs. If you have an infected gum or tooth, have a one-sided tonsillar infection, or other similar conditions, this may be the explanation. If the node continues to enlarge, changes character (becomes hard, fixed, tender, warm to touch, etc.), or fails to resolve in time, have it examined by a doctor. ...Read more