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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.

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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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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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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Headaches, bruising, swollen lymph node on back of the neck, shortness of breath?

Headaches, bruising, swollen lymph node on back of the neck, shortness of breath?

Go see a doc now...: The symptoms you describe can be caused by a variety of things, from an infection to cancer. Without knowing all what is going on and an exam, I am concerned about something serious. You need to go see a doctor. If you don't have one, go to an urgent care or er. ...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