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What can cause swollen lymph nodes around the aorta?

What can cause swollen lymph nodes around the aorta?

Nodes: Lots of things can cause enlarged lymph nodes. Generally the ones around the aorta would be enlarged because of processes in the body below their level such as the pelvis or lower extremities. This is not a firm rule however as some systemic problems can also cause it. ...Read more

Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more


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I recently had ct & diagnosed with several swollen lymph nodes around my aorta. The largest at 4 cm. What can cause this?

I recently had ct & diagnosed with several swollen lymph nodes around my aorta. The largest at 4 cm. What can cause this?

Why was CT done?: They are markers of a reactive, inflammatory, or infectious process. There is concern for cancer but would need to know more history. Should have the doctor who ordered the scan explain the findings. ...Read more

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My son has what looks like swollen lymph nodes. One large on the left of his neck and a smaller one on the right. He has no signs of illness???

My son has what looks like swollen lymph nodes. One large on the left of his neck and a smaller one on the right. He has no signs of illness???

Not unusual: Children can have enlarged lymph nodes with or without infectious causes. Most of the time these are just reactive lymph nodes and will resolve over time. Seek immediate treatment if the lymph node is red, warm or painful. If the lymph node does not resolve in a 4-5 days have his primary care provider evaluate the lymph node. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with mono at the beginning of April. I had many swollen lymph nodes and most of them went down, but there is a big one on the right si?

I was diagnosed with mono at the beginning of April. I had many swollen lymph nodes and most of them went down, but there is a big one on the right si?

Below: Best advice is to recheck with your DR whom you have been seeing.

They have your full medical history and will be able to give you correct information. ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to measure swollen lymph nodes?

Is there an effective way to measure swollen lymph nodes?

You can estimate the: Lymph nodes can be measured in size by you or by your physicians. You can grab the lymph node between your thumb and one of the fingers and mark the distance between the two borders and put a scale on the two dots along the borders. There you have the size, commonly expressed as diameter in centimeters. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause slightly swollen lymph nodes (5-10mm) in one side of the neck?

Can smoking cause slightly swollen lymph nodes (5-10mm) in one side of the neck?

Not likely: Lymph nodes on one side of the neck need to be evaluated by your physician and a complete physical needs to be done. If you are smoking, please stop. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in both armpits. One red and more sensitive. Should I be concerned?

I have swollen lymph nodes in both armpits. One red and more sensitive. Should I be concerned?

Get exam now: May not just be nodes. If fixed/stuck & painless, then suspicious for mass requiring biopsy. If masses are mobile - if you can roll them around under your skin & are tender, that's relatively reassuring: they're reactive (to infection) and unlikely to be cancer. Get exam now. May be hidradenitis suppurativa or abscess which would require aspiration/drainage, packing, culture & antibiotics. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in both armpits. One red and one not. What does it mean if the red one is more sensitive?

Swollen lymph nodes in both armpits. One red and one not. What does it mean if the red one is more sensitive?

Probable infection: Tender, swollen red lymph nodes usually indicate an infection. Under the arm may be due to an infected hair follicle. See a doctor to determine if antibiotics might be required. ...Read more

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Can I have one or two swollen lymph nodes in my neck (one side) for 10 months and be still healthy? Can have them for no. Reson?

Can I have one or two swollen lymph nodes in my neck (one side) for 10 months and be still healthy? Can have them for no. Reson?

Yes: The nodes will not be swollen for no reason, but the reason isn't necessarily a problem with your health. Lymph nodes increase in size when the immune system is fighting something, like an infections or injury. Having said that, big or painful lymph nodes that don't shrink back down should be evaluated. In your age group, lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, is a rare but real possibility. Hyj/k. ...Read more

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Good morning I had notice this morning (suddenly)that I have one swollen lymph nodes on each side of my groin area (female), what could this be?

Good morning I had notice this morning (suddenly)that I have one swollen lymph nodes on each side of my groin area (female), what could this be?

Possible tumor: Bilaterality of nodal disease in the groin is inflammatory or neoplastic. How large are the nodes and how firm? . Inflammation is tender. Tumor not tender. Area around anus should be checked for perianal lesion. If lesion is considered suspicious, the node must be removed for dx rather than needle bx which can be misinterpreted. ...Read more

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My 4 month son has swollen lymph nodes on one side of his neck. They are small, movable, and shrinking slowly. Should I be concerned? He had a cold

My 4 month son has swollen lymph nodes on one side of his neck. They are small, movable, and shrinking slowly. Should I be concerned? He had a cold

Lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head, behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks ...Read more

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Good morning I had notice this morning (suddenly)that I have one swollen lymph nodes on each side of my groin area (female), no pain, what could this b?

Good morning I had notice this morning (suddenly)that I have one swollen lymph nodes on each side of my groin area (female), no pain, what could this b?

Inflammation: Lymph nodes enlarge because of some inflammation in their area of drainage. Sometimes this can occur if you have a herpes outbreak or any other infection in the genital area. Let your doctor know if this does not resolve withing a week ...Read more

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Does HIV cause 3 mild swollen lymph nodes in one side of the neck? No other nodes are swollen in all my body? I tested negative!

Does HIV cause 3 mild swollen lymph nodes in one side of the neck? No other nodes are swollen in all my body? I tested negative!

Unlikely: The unilateral involvement suggests that It is more likely from an upper respiratory tract infection or a bacterial infection in areas above the neck at that side (sinusitis, dental abscess etc). You would be much sicker if the problem is from HIV. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes, one on either side of neck. Both small, between. 5cm-1cm? Should I worry? Is the symmetry a good sign? How long should I wait?

Swollen lymph nodes, one on either side of neck. Both small, between. 5cm-1cm? Should I worry? Is the symmetry a good sign? How long should I wait?

Lymph nodes: Small less than 1 cm freely movable not matted to surrounding tissue. Not source of great concern. But should be monitored. If change enlargement of other symptoms fever night sweats fatigue further evaluation indicated. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck, that are all soft. Moveable and under 1cm except one is 1.5 cm. Temps of 99.2 frequently and chills? Been for 3 years!

Swollen lymph nodes in neck, that are all soft. Moveable and under 1cm except one is 1.5 cm. Temps of 99.2 frequently and chills? Been for 3 years!

Go to see MD: You should go to see your doctor and get yourself checked. There are different things like autoimmune disorder, infection, chronic inflammation or malignancy - at your age- hodgkin's lymphoma, testicular cancer are things to be ruled out. However since you mentioned that it has been there for 3 years -then hodgkin's, leukemia /ca would be less likely-as the problem. Go to see your doc for eval. ...Read more

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I have had reoccurring swollen lymph nodes under both armpits with no other symptoms. Could this be from deodorant? One will go away then come back.

I have had reoccurring swollen lymph nodes under both armpits with no other symptoms. Could this be from deodorant? One will go away then come back.

You R right: Avoid stick deodorant. Stop shaving that area. Soap and water to keep area clean. May need a short course of antibiotic. Once cleared. ....preventive measures will help avoid recurrence. ...Read more

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I have 2 swollen lymph nodes, one in my groin area and one between my boob n armpit, what could this be?!

I have 2 swollen lymph nodes, one in my groin area and one between my boob n armpit, what could this be?!

Infection or cancer: Go in right away and see your doctor. Lymph nodes get enlarged when they are fighting an infection or have cancer. A good history and physical with right blood tests and x-rays is the only way to figure it out. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and one under left side of my chin my skin isn't red there not painfull they just sit there there not hard?

I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and one under left side of my chin my skin isn't red there not painfull they just sit there there not hard?

Have it evaluated: Lymph node enlargement is normally infections and may come from the skin or from a dental abscess. With no obvious cause you should have it evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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2 swollen lymph nodes on one side of groin for 1mth now. No visible sores or cuts. Haven't had sex in over 3 months. What could it be? Mild discomfort

2 swollen lymph nodes on one side of groin for 1mth now. No visible sores or cuts. Haven't had sex in over 3 months. What could it be? Mild discomfort

R.O. Tumor: Enlarged or swollen lymph glands in groin not normal The process is inflammatory or tumor. Inflammatory nodes usually resolve and are tender arising from a site of inflammation usually on abdominal wall. Must R.O. primary or metastatic tumor to nodes. Check for skin lesions of lower abdominal wall, legs, or perianal region. If no site found bx of node to consider followed by needed
therapy. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes on my neck. One since 3 weeks ago. I´ve noticed the others 3 days ago. No symptoms, just my rhinitis is more active. WORRIED?

I have swollen lymph nodes on my neck. One since 3 weeks ago. I´ve noticed the others 3 days ago. No symptoms, just my rhinitis is more active. WORRIED?

Sinus infection?: Potential answers include sinusitis (often related to prolonged nasal congestion or after a cold), dental abscess, gum disease or any infection above the neck. See your doctor and get checked out. ...Read more

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I have had 2 swollen lymph nodes on side of my neck for 3 months and just found 2 in my groin. All hard except one is soft and size of a bean. None hu?

See MD: You need to see an internist and have a full exam. These nodes can turn out to be nothing more than a few hypertrophic (enlarged) nodes or a host of other aliments. In any event a real history physical and labs are required ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about swollen lymph nodes under one armpit? I can't feel them but my doctor did?

Should I be concerned about swollen lymph nodes under one armpit? I can't feel them but my doctor did?

Continue following: It is more likely than not that the enlarged lymph node is benign. Unilateral lymph-node enlargement can be caused by a myriad of things that can stimulate the immune system such as animal scratch, a puncture wound in that hand or arm while gardening, a skin irritation on the arm or chest wall on that side. I recommend that you continue to let your doctor follow-up with you as he recommends. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in the neck one under left of chin and one in back of head right side don't have any symptoms had them for about 3 months?

I have swollen lymph nodes in the neck one under left of chin and one in back of head right side don't have any symptoms had them for about 3 months?

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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I'm worried about swollen lymph nodes under one armpit--i can't feel them but my doctor did?

Let your doctor guid: Your doctor can guide you further. Nodes are worrisome if they are hard to palpation and are more than one cm in size. So ask your doctor about what he/she thinks these are due to? If they are getting bigger a x-ray/scan or a biopsy may be needed if the doctor suspects that the nodes are diseased. ...Read more

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Feels like two permanently swollen lymph nodes, just on left side of neck. One under jaw, other lower down neck. No pain, but always there. Reasons?

Cervical Lymph Nodes: Enlargement of the lymph nodes in the anterior chain of the neck can be a sign of active infection or occult disease. Non tender but enlarged lump nodes in the neck may be reacting to infections drainage from the head and neck including mononucleosis, &HIV disease.
Lymphomas may present with non tender lymph node enlargement. Consider a head and neck exam and maybe antibiotics and needle biopsy. ...Read more

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I keep getting swollen lymph nodes in my under arm. Around 4 months back I got one and it was infectedthe doctor removed it through a minor cut and t?

I keep getting swollen lymph nodes in my under arm. Around 4 months back I got one and it was infectedthe doctor removed it through a minor cut and t?

Not lymph nodes: Appears to be other processes than lymph nodes which don't just swell unless metastatic disease or severe infection present. The nodes are high up and adjacent to veins extending to arm. Sounds like you have had several infected sebaceous cysts or sweat glands that when not responding to soaks and antibiotics require local exceision. ...Read more

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I have had IBS for 5 years but for the last 3 months I have had dysphagia, swollen lymph nodes on right side of neck and sensation that some one is pu?

I have had IBS for 5 years but for the last 3 months I have had dysphagia, swollen lymph nodes on right side of neck and sensation that some one is pu?

Sure, see GI doctor: Difficulty swallowing ("dysphagia") can be distinguished as a "transfer" problem (difficulty moving food from mouth to top of esophagus), "transit" problem (difficulty moving food down the esophagus), "spasm", gerd (due to sphincter problems), or obstructive (webs, rings, strictures, ulcer, tumor). Best to see a gastroenterologist (gi doctor) for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Male. Swollen lymph nodes under both armpits, one hurts, one doesn't. Head cold symptoms. Otherwise, no fever, no other symptoms. Unprotectedoral sx?

Male. Swollen lymph nodes under both armpits, one hurts, one doesn't. Head cold symptoms. Otherwise, no fever, no other symptoms. Unprotectedoral sx?

Nodes: Please see your doctor. He/she will ask you a few questions, examine you, and order lab tests.
Examining your lymph nodes is critical.
Whether or not the doctor (s) will do anything to the nodules is not certain.

Hope all goes well - please keep me informed. ...Read more

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I feel nauseous when I eat and I have one swollen lymph nodes at the nack of my neck near the skull and under the jaw. Recently I had a tootache.

I feel nauseous when I eat and I have one swollen lymph nodes at the nack of my neck near the skull and under the jaw. Recently I had a tootache.

Needs evaluation: It's quite possible you have some complication from your tooth problem - such as a localized abscess or even a bone infection (as the tooth sits in the bone and an uncontrolled dental infection can extend down into that). Because you have nausea and don't want to eat, that tells me that it's serious and you should not wait for it to go away. Please see a doctor ASAP. Where are you in the Phils? ...Read more

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Bumps on middle of forehead. Painful and itchy. Started as 5 or 6 small bumps and are now 2 big ones. Swollen lymph nodes on left side of neck/jaw.

Bumps on middle of forehead. Painful and itchy. Started as 5 or 6 small bumps and are now 2 big ones. Swollen lymph nodes on left side of neck/jaw.

Infection, shingles?: This sounds like a skin infection of some sort. It could be a bacterial infection (e.g. staph, strep, etc) but I'm more suspicious of herpes zoster (shingles). See a doctor ASAP. If bacterial, you'll need an antibiotic. If shingles, an antiviral drug (e.g. valacyclovir) needs to be started very soon to have maximum benefit. ...Read more

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Can a CT of sinuses see swollen lymph nodes? I have one directly under my chin and half way down my neck

Yes: Ct scans show bone and soft tissue. Soft tissue windows will allow the identification of lymph nodes. The determination of a "swollen" lymph node is based on diameter. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck and a hard, movable lump in armpit. Normal CBC from one week ago. Any idea what it can be? Very anxious right now.

Swollen lymph nodes in neck and a hard, movable lump in armpit. Normal CBC from one week ago. Any idea what it can be? Very anxious right now.

See details: Numerous issues can cause lymph node enlargement but the hard mass in the armpit does give one cause for concern. Without knowing your history and being able to examine the areas involved, it is difficult to give specific advice. However, I would urge a complete evaluation including ct scan if this persists. ...Read more

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What would cause drainage from one ear, swollen lymph nodes that don't subside and intermittent hazy vision in one eye? Thank you.

What would cause drainage from one ear, swollen lymph nodes that don't subside and intermittent hazy vision in one eye? Thank you.

Several: Several things can cause these symptoms. The most common one is ear infection, possibly chronic but this can be serious. Other causes such as tumor are possible and should be excluded. You need to visit an ENT physician and get a scan of your sinuses. Good luck! ...Read more

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