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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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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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Do swollen lymph nodes hurt? I have a marble sized bump on the back of my neck right above the hairline. It is also hard. What could it be?

Do swollen lymph nodes hurt? I have a marble sized bump on the back of my neck right above the hairline. It is also hard. What could it be?

Sometimes : Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things. They range from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous tumors) to serious. Your doctor, after doing a history and physical exam can help you and recommend a specialist if needed. ...Read more

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I have a rash on the back of my neck thats been there for about 9 months folllowed by swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms. What could this be?

I have a rash on the back of my neck thats been there for about 9 months folllowed by swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms. What could this be?

Swollen lymph nodes: Swollen lymph nodes often times go along with chronic inflammation. The rash could be opening small pores in the skin allowing bacteria to invade keeping the lymph nodes inflamed. I would have your doctor take a look at the rash to get an accurate diagnosis. ...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 have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and a lump on my upper back. All are painless. Should I see a doctor about this?

I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and a lump on my upper back.  All are painless.  Should I see a doctor about this?

Yes: Most lumps in back are sebaceous cysts or lipomas. If a lesion there were malignant it would drain to axilla and not neck. The lump should be examined to define its nature and then if excsion not indicated, the nature of the cervical nodes should be evaluated. This can only be accomplished by a physician. ...Read more

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Can a left ear melanoma give swollen lymph nodes on both sides of the neck, on the back of the head left side and also on the top of both shoulders?

Certainly: Melanoma can travel anywhere in the body, no matter where it originated. So, yes, a left ear melanoma can travel to lymph nodes in your neck (cervical nodes) on both sides, including the top (supraclavicular) and bottom (infraclavicular) areas of the collar bones. ...Read more

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Slightly swollen lymph nodes in neck occurring every now and then. Have an itch scalp with rash going down neck, back and ears. I'm also moody lately.

Slightly swollen lymph nodes in neck occurring every now and then. Have an itch scalp with rash going down neck, back and ears. I'm also moody lately.

Rash: It may be the rash on your scalp that is traveling down your neck and to your ears and back is causing swelling of your lymph nodes. Sometimes medical problems can cause moodiness or it may be a separate issue. Be examined by your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. Tell him/her about your feelings . Feel better soon :-) ...Read more