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11 mth old baby has swollen lymph nodes at back of neck. Size of a marble, 4 days. Should i be concerned? Can teething cause it? No other symptoms

11 mth old baby has swollen lymph nodes at back of neck.  Size of a marble, 4 days.  Should i be concerned?  Can teething cause it? No other symptoms

Reactive lymph nodes: In that location would more likely be from scalp lesions that became inflamed, some systemic viral illnesses can cause "shotty" lymph nodes in different areas (groin, armpits, etc), but teething does not. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more


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I have two swollen lymph nodes on back of neck at night swell during the day they shrink some on right side under arm is sore but no knot please help?

I have two swollen lymph nodes on back of neck at night swell during the day they shrink some on right side under arm is sore but no knot please help?

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes swell and fluctuate usually due to the inflammatory reaction of infection. Cancer at your age would be unusual, but not impossible. If it persists beyond a month, you should see someone who can evaluate it with a needle aspiration bx or similar diagnostic procedure. ...Read more

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Multiple swollen lymph nodes on back of neck and side for months. CT scan shows no lymphoma and im not sick. they wont go away, why? ent not worried.

Multiple swollen lymph nodes on back of neck and side for months. CT scan shows no lymphoma and im not sick. they wont go away, why? ent not worried.

Scalp issues: The lymph nodes you described often get enlarged at trivial stimulation, e.g., dandruff. You may wish to try washing your hair and scalp daily, with any shampoo. It may take a few months for the nodes to regress. If the nodes more than double in size, do see a doctor. ...Read more

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Reading on Lymph Nodes in Lower Back & seeing conflicting Yes/No Im Just diagnosed w/Swollen Lymph Nodes in Lower Back/Neck Can They be in these areas?

Reading on Lymph Nodes in Lower Back & seeing conflicting Yes/No Im Just diagnosed w/Swollen Lymph Nodes in Lower Back/Neck Can They be in these areas?

Posterior neck: there are many lymph nodes through out the body. Neck is one of areas that has a lot of lymph nodes. Yes, lymph nodes can be swollen up as a reaction process in different settings like infection, inflammation, cancer, etc. Since I am unable to examine you myself, you may want to discuss further with your doctor, ...Read more

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I have two swollen lymph nodes at the back of my neck but can be felt only when i touch them, should I be concerned?

I have two swollen lymph nodes at the back of my neck but can be felt only when i touch them, should I be concerned?

Yes.: Should be concerned , if they are not associated with any infections , and persist for more than 2 weeks, also growing. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Been reading about Lymph Nodes in the Lower Back I am seeing Yes/No to the Question I was just diagnosed w/Swollen Lymph Nodes in My Lower Back & Neck?

What's the question?: please be clear and concise with your question so that one of us can try to give you the answer. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node on the back of neck and swollen tonsil with crater very painful. Could it be tonsil cancer?

I have a swollen lymph node on the back of neck and swollen tonsil with crater very painful. Could it be tonsil cancer?

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 have painful swollen lymph nodes in the back of my neck and a clicking in my throat when I swallow. Could they be related and what could cause this?

I have painful swollen lymph nodes in the back of my neck and a clicking in my throat when I swallow. Could they be related and what could cause this?

Tender lymphnodes: If you have enlarged and tender lymph nodes, it is likely an infection. Since you have not disclosed your age or any medical history we can't provide you with a useful response. I assume you are very young in which case I recooemnd you discuss this with your parents and you will likely need to see a doctor to treat a possible infection. In back of neck, its likely cysts. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node no pain right side back of neck,no other symptoms. Have an abcessd gum for 1 year no pain just pus ,can that affect posterior node?

Swollen lymph node no pain right side back of neck,no other symptoms. Have an abcessd gum for 1 year no pain just pus ,can that affect posterior node?

Yes: The presence of swollen lymph glands in the neck reflect 3 conditions. The first is a possibility of a primary lymph gland tumor or lymphoma, Tahe second, metastatic tumor from oral cavity and 3rd, draining infection. Treatment here is to resolve infection at which time node will regress. Other wise bx neeced ...Read more

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Small sudden swollen lymph node appeared 5 days ago back of neck. Has gone down a little. Light pain when pressed. Not sick and no injuries. ?

Small sudden swollen lymph node appeared 5 days ago back of neck. Has gone down a little. Light pain when pressed. Not sick and no injuries.
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Not Ca: In this region nodes not common. If present they are inflammatory from the back of the hair line or scalp. There are other nodules such as small sebaceous cyts and lipomas that may feel like nodes. If increasing in number or size, check with LMD for dx and if necesary bx. ...Read more

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I have 2 hard swollen lymph nodes on r. side of back of neck at hairline. Hurts terribly to bend neck forward. Headache and dizzy all day. No fever.

I have 2 hard swollen lymph nodes on r. side of back of neck at hairline. Hurts terribly to bend neck forward. Headache and dizzy all day.  No fever.

See doctor: It is hard to tell what you may have based on the description. For example, I am not sure the lymph nodes you described are indeed lymph nodes instead of bumps. If they start to blister , it may well be the early stage of shingles. Since you are having headache and getting dizzy, it is time to see your doctor or go to the ER. ...Read more

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How does a swollen lymph node at the back of the neck look like ? and is it lymphoma ?? normal cbc a month ago ,21y\o female ,WORRIED ??!!!

How does a swollen lymph node at the back of the neck look like ? and is it lymphoma ?? normal cbc a month ago ,21y\o female ,WORRIED ??!!!

Not likely: Usually front and side of neck are where lymph node swell or enlarges. Back of neck needs to be checked by your doc, such as lipomas or other growth. ...Read more

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I am a 27 year old healthy female but a few days ago, i noticed a little swollen lymph node on the back of my neck. It sits fairly close to my spine, right below my hair line. its a little tender to touch but not too bad and it move around. Its definitely

I am a 27 year old healthy female but a few days ago, i noticed a little swollen lymph node on the back of my neck. It sits fairly close to my spine, right below my hair line. its a little tender to touch but not too bad and it move around. Its definitely

Sounds ok: The back of the neck would be an unusual place to find a lymph node. Depending on depth, it's possible that what you're feeling is a part of your paraspinal musculature and may be tender due to a "knot" or local muscle spasm. If a lymph node though, nodes ...Read more

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I've had a marble sized swollen lymph node on the back of my neck that can be felt when I look left. Is it normal for them to stay swollen that long?

I've had a marble sized swollen lymph node on the back of my neck that can be  felt when I look left.  Is it normal for them to stay swollen that long?

? Swollen nose??: You state that you have a swollen lymph node in neck. You don't state for how long, if painful, if hard, if it is growing in size or number, if you have any associated symptoms or signs, if you have raised these concerns with your doc, and what if any his response has been? Once you know, get back with a more targeted question. ...Read more

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My 15 yo has bad acne on left forehead and both sides of his head for 6 mths. 2 mths ago, find a swollen lymph node (<1cm) on left back neck. Related?

My 15 yo has bad acne on left forehead and both sides of his head for 6 mths. 2 mths ago, find a swollen lymph node (<1cm) on left back neck. Related?

See Your Doctor: Acne causes inflammation/infection in the hair follicle units of the skin; reactive regional lymph nodes can occur. Your son's history of "bad acne" would support finding a prominent lymph node in this area however additional features are needed to confirm a benign nature eg. consistency, mobility. See your doctor for definitive assessment & to evaluate adequacy of your son's present acne regimen ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node at the back of my neck I have lost 2 and a half stone over a period of 6 months. Night sweats becoming breathless, iching?

I have a swollen lymph node at the back of my neck I have lost 2 and a half stone over a period of 6 months. Night sweats becoming breathless, iching?

You need a medical c: You should have your doctor examine your lymph gland. If it is over 1 cm in size and growing , then a biopsy may be indicated. I would also advise you to have other tests done(like cbc, thyroid functions, liver functions etc) to find the cause of your unintended weight loss. ...Read more