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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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A friend of mine had genital herpes, she is complaining about getting swollen lymph nodes in the neck & pimples on chest. Is it normal?

A friend of mine had genital herpes, she is complaining about getting swollen lymph nodes in the neck & pimples on chest. Is it normal?

Two kinds of Herpes: Genital herpes does not affect face or upper part of the body. The symptoms you describe need medical attention. Consult your medical doctor. Hope this is helpful information.

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My father has a swollen 4 to 5 cm mass in his chest, it is a soft mass, what can be the cause of this? He also has swollen lymph nodes in his neck.

My father has a swollen 4 to 5 cm mass in his chest, it is a soft mass, what can be the cause of this? He also has swollen lymph nodes in his neck.

Needs a medical chec: Any lump or growth in the body requires a medical check up in order to make sure that it is not a cancer. So I would advise you to get your father to go see his PCP for a medical check up and possibly some tests to define the nature of this mass.

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If I had a CBC and chest xray in december and they were clear, should I be concerned of swollen lymph nodes in my neck? What could be causing them?

If I had a CBC and chest xray in december and they were clear, should I be concerned of swollen lymph nodes in my neck? What could be causing them?

Lymphadenopathy: Multiple enlarged lymph nodes in the neck can be residual of a viral illness but they should shrivel over time. In my experience this is more common in younger patients. In adults, if they don't recede or if they enlarge further a biopsy is often done to see what the pathology is. A normal CBC and chest xray isn't enough to rule out some diseases. Follow up with your md.

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I have 2 swollen lymph nodes in neck and history of melanoma is a CBC and chest X-ray enough tests? X-ray was clear lymphocytes high on cbc

See your doc: I would bring these lymph nodes to the attention of your surgeon. If they appear suspicious a biopsy would be performed to obtain a diagnosis.

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Slightly swollen lymph nodes in neck, fever of 100.3, nauseated, sore neck, sore chest, congested nose periodically?

Slightly swollen lymph nodes in neck, fever of 100.3, nauseated, sore neck, sore chest, congested nose periodically?

Duration?: If these problems have been present for just a few days, you may just have a cold. On the other hand, if this has been a recurrent problem for weeks or more, then you need a thorough evaluation by a doctor.

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2 swollen lymph nodes in neck history of melanoma CBC normal apart from high lymphocytes chest X-ray normal, doc not doing any more tests, worried.

2 swollen lymph nodes in neck history of melanoma CBC normal apart from high lymphocytes chest X-ray normal, doc not doing any more tests, worried.

Questions: Lots of questions to help figure this out. Where are the nodes, where was the melanoma, how deep was it and how was it treated? How long ago was the melanoma found? If the nodes are in the drainage basin of the primary melanoma, that is more cause for worry than if they are elsewhere.

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What can cause two swollen lymph nodes in neck?

What can cause two swollen lymph nodes in neck?

Infection to tumor: The dx of swollen lymph nodes in neck depends on size, location and symptoms of pain. In upper neck 2 nodes can represent spread of throat infection to ear, spread from parotid gland. In mid neck tumor can arise from metastatic thyroid and in supraclavicular fossa, an upward spread from lungs. Biopsy if persistent or enlarging can show lymphoma, infection or tumor metastatic tumor.

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How can you soothe swollen lymph nodes in neck?

Treat the cause: Swollen lymph nodes are usually due to an infection in the area and some times due to tumors such as lymphoma. It is not feasible to know the casue without a history, physical examination and may be lab tests.

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck for more than a year?

Swollen lymph nodes in neck for more than a year?

Go see your doctor: Need more info: one or more? How big? Is it growing? Is it hard, painful, red etc? Any other swollen glands anywhere else? Any fevers, night sweats, weight loss etc...

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I would like help with swollen lymph nodes in neck?

I would like help with swollen lymph nodes in neck?

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.

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What could cause painful, swollen lymph nodes in neck?

What could cause painful, swollen lymph nodes in neck?

Inflammation in H&N: Painful swollen nodes an indication of an inflammatory process in the H&N area. If the nodes are high in the posterior neck region, examine the scalp for an infection. If in anterior triangle mid neck one should do endoscopy to see if lesion in area of larynx or cords. In supraclavicular area, inflammation apex of lung can cause the problem and chest X ray can help. Bx if necessary.

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Are swollen lymph nodes in neck visible? And how can I know if they are swollen.

Are swollen lymph nodes in neck visible? And how can I know if they are swollen.

They are palpable: Normal sized lymph nodes are quite small and not palpable. If the nodes enlarge to a size of 1 to 2 cm, then they are palpable if you run down your fingers over the skin of your neck. Very large lymph nodes (over 2 inches in size) can be visible to the eye. But that is pretty late to discover them.

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I have painful, swollen lymph nodes in neck. Will this just last for a few dats if left alone?

I have painful, swollen lymph nodes in neck. Will this just last for a few dats if left alone?

See a doctor: Painful, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck should be checked out by a doctor. They could be a symptom of a serious infection or worse yet a tumor.

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Have swollen lymph nodes in neck got a sonography done today and the doctoe said it is nothing to worry. They r 1.5×.90 cms in size. Is it ok.

Lymphadenopathy: Without having all your medical records and the ability to examine you and review your imaging studies it is impossible to say, but it sounds on the surface as if you should be trusting your doctor's opinion. Good luck.

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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.