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Mono (Definition)

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, and enlarged spleen. It is spread via saliva, hence its ...Read more


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14 year old son with swollen occipital lymph node left side, no pain or other issues, should I be worried?

14 year old son with swollen occipital lymph node left side, no pain or other issues, should I be worried?

Needs exam: This could easily be a reactive lymph node to a skin infection on the scalp. These are common. BUT, in order to say it's that, your son needs a good history and physical exam to check out other places lymph nodes can get enlarged. Don't worry, because that's not a good use of your time. BUT get him in for an exam so that we can get an accurate diagnosis of this mass. ...Read more

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I have a swollen occipital lymph node-- at least that's what I think it is. It's rock-hard and about the size of a pea. Just noticed a couple days ago?

I have a swollen occipital lymph node-- at least that's what I think it is. It's rock-hard and about the size of a pea. Just noticed a couple days ago?

Swollen occipital LN: May be from throat, ear sinus infection. Even allergies with concommitant mild infection. If does not resolve in 2-3 weeks or if gets bigger, associated with fever, headache, pain, confusion follow up with doc/urgent care, non resolving lymph nodes need to be checked. ...Read more

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What could cause painful, swollen occipital lymph node?

What could cause painful, swollen occipital lymph node?

Check the hair: Swollen lymph nodes can result from diseases of the back half of the head & scalp. An infection or a skin cancer could be the culprit. Get to a general surgeon, ENT or dermatologist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have painful swollen occipital lymph node?

What to do if I have painful swollen occipital lymph node?

Lymph nodes: May come from neck issues. Start with warm compresses three times a day and ibuprofen If it persists have it checked out with your doctor ...Read more

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Please help! I'm having painful swollen occipital lymph node?

Please help! I'm having painful swollen occipital lymph node?

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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What is the cause of swollen occipital lymph node in children?

What is the cause of swollen occipital lymph node in children?

LYMPHADENITIS: Any infection in the scalp will drain to the lymph node and cause adenitis. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to treat painful swollen occipital lymph node?

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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Swollen occipital lymph node is 11-year-old girl. Persisting for more than 7 weeks.?

Swollen occipital lymph node is 11-year-old girl. Persisting for more than 7 weeks.?

Lymph nodes: These may be secondary to an infectious process, but if worried and other symptoms such as low grade fever and sweats are present, see primary for some blood tests and additional work up. ...Read more

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I have a swollen occipital lymph node, I had a fever for 4 days, high as 103.6, but the fever broke, I haven't had one in 2 days, there is pain in node?

Infection: You may have a local infection of the scalp that maybe causing swelling of the occipital lymph nodes I would suggest you see a physician and get a definitive diagnosis ...Read more

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I've had the occipital lymph node on right side swollen since I was 18. 25 now. Doesn't hurt to touch. Also folliculitis that won't heal completely?

I've had the occipital lymph node on right side swollen since I was 18. 25 now. Doesn't hurt to touch. Also folliculitis that won't heal completely?

Two issues: The lymph node may be due to folliculitis if the affected area is in the vicinity of the node. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion about folliculitis without examining you. It would be prudent to see your primary care doctor or a dermatologist.
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My right occipital lymph node is swollen. Its about an inch in diameter. I noticed it monday. What might be causing this?

My right occipital lymph node is swollen. Its about an inch in diameter. I noticed it monday. What might be causing this?

Swollen lymph nodes: You would need to see a doctor and be examined. They would be able to tell if you had an infection or some other problem. Any injuries? Do you have a fever? Give your doctor a call soon! ...Read more

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How can u tell if an occipital lymph node is swollen? What would it feel like? What would cause it to swell on just the left side?

How can u tell if an occipital lymph node is swollen? What would it feel like? What would cause it to swell on just the left side?

Swollen Lymph Node: You can tell if a lymph node is swollen if you can feel the lymph node. Normal lymph nodes are generally not felt. If you can feel an occipital lymph node, it is enlarged. Anything that affects your upper airway, such as sinus inflammation or a recent scalp inflammation can cause a swollen occipital lymph node.

Unless you are sick, give it a couple weeks to resolve. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Occipital lymph node was very swollen almost two months ago. It is now smaller, but still not normal sized, and still quite painful. Is this normal?

Occipital lymph node was very swollen almost two months ago. It is now smaller, but still not normal sized, and still quite painful. Is this normal?

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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Two occipital lymph node's that are swollen on either side. The left one seems to have gotten smaller I think. They are both hard. I was just in contact with my grandpa who's sick. Please help. Thanks!

Two occipital lymph node's that are swollen on either side. The left one seems to have gotten smaller I think. They are both hard. I was just in contact with my grandpa who's sick. Please help. Thanks!

Should be ok: Lymph nodes typically enlarge when they are fighting infection. The nodes in your neck may have gotten larger bc of some recent cold or sore throat. This shouldn't have any impact on you spending time with your sick grandpa. Unfortunately, if he has something contagious (cold or flu) you could still get it. If your lymph nodes get larger and stay that way (few weeks), you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have this swollen lymph node in my neck that's almost visible. Sometimes it reduces but it doesn't hurt. I had mono a couple of moths ago?

I have this swollen lymph node in my neck that's almost visible. Sometimes it reduces but it doesn't hurt. I had mono a couple of moths ago?

Normal: It can take 6-8 weeks to fully recover from a bout of mono and during this time the lymph nodes can indeed remain enlarged. As long as your not having other symptoms such as weight loss, night sweats or fevers, I would give it a bit more. Tell yourself if not smaller by valentine's day you'll have it checked out further. ...Read more

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About a week ago my armpit (left) got sore and swollen (lymph node). Is this mono, I think it is, but I am not sure?

About a week ago my armpit (left) got sore and swollen (lymph node). Is this mono, I think it is, but I am not sure?

No......never: It is a infection of the lymph glands of axilla.....Related to deodorant/antiperspirant use. It occurs with use of dry stick. Can be easily treated. ...By pmd.. ...Read more

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B/W showed mono. My left supaclavical lymph node is swollen. But gone down in size over the past month. CT scan came back good. Should I Have a biospy?

B/W showed mono. My left supaclavical lymph node is swollen. But gone down in size over the past month. CT scan came back good. Should I Have a biospy?

See below: I would keep a very close eye on it. The fact that it's improving is a good sign and mono can make your LB swell. If it doesn't go completely away in the next few weeks, I would be evaluated and at least have an ultrasound done. ...Read more

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Dr said mono. Left supraclavicular lymph node swollen several weeks. Had ct scan, all ok. Worried as read those lymph node are bad when swollen.

Dr said mono. Left supraclavicular lymph node swollen several weeks. Had ct scan, all ok. Worried as read those lymph node are bad when swollen.

Biopsy Virchow's Nod: The L supraclavicular node is particularly worrisome. Due to the drainage of the lymphatic system, Virchow's node (as it is known) is commonly the first node that enlarges in cancers of the chest, abdomen, legs, & left arm. Scans can be negative & miss cancer, especially since they are anatomical scans, not functional ones (small cancers can be missed). Biopsy or PET recommended. TTYD or HT Prime. ...Read more

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Chronic high WBC count (17, 000-22, 000), very high GR# (12-13), high MONO# (1.0), low lymphocytes (18%), every lymph node is swollen x3+ months. Why?

Chronic high WBC count (17, 000-22, 000), very high GR# (12-13), high MONO# (1.0), low lymphocytes (18%), every lymph node is swollen x3+ months. Why?

Infection?: High WBC count with enlarged lymph nodes most often suggests a systemic or localized infection/inflammation but if not resolved within a few weeks or after proper treatment, it may suggest a blood / bone marrow disorder like leukemia. Consult with a hematologist ...Read more

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I've a swollen lymph node above my left collar bone 3 weeks, no other symptoms. Went to dr had a CBC and mono test. Everything came back normal. Next?

I've a swollen lymph node above my left collar bone 3 weeks, no other symptoms. Went to dr had a CBC and mono test. Everything came back normal. Next?

Time: Most enlarged lymph nodes are inflammatory in nature and not related to tumor. These nodes may be tender. Ultrasound is good tool for characterizing abnormal lymph nodes from normal lymph nodes. If enlarged node persists further investigation necessary. Doppler ultrasound helps distinguish by vascular pattern. Normal lymph nodes architecture usually different from nodes infiltrated by tumor. ...Read more

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Dr. Said its mono. Been 3 weeks. Left collarbone lymph node swollen and very painful, Skin raised, jaw lymph node swollen mild night sweats. Normal?

Dr. Said its mono. Been 3 weeks. Left collarbone lymph node swollen and very painful, Skin raised, jaw lymph node swollen mild night sweats. Normal?

Expected: But you need to keep the follow up with your doctor, this looks like an aggressive form of mono, you may need more medicines to control the condition, or look for a different cause if no improvement/ progression, good luck ...Read more

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I have a lump (Supposedly lymph node) in the back right-hand side of my neck. No pain/growth/spreading. Had mono 2 years ago. Permanently swollen LN?

I have a lump (Supposedly lymph node) in the back right-hand side of my neck. No pain/growth/spreading. Had mono 2 years ago. Permanently swollen LN?

Leave it alone?: If it's proven benign, and it's not too much of a problem, just live with it. If it is causing issues (cosmetic/limitation of movement etc.), see a surgeon to have it taken out. ...Read more

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Dr. Said I tested positive for recent mono infection. I have swollen lymph nodes in collarbone, under jaw, back of head. Not hungery, is this normal?

Dr. Said I tested positive for recent mono infection. I have swollen lymph nodes in collarbone, under jaw, back of head. Not hungery, is this normal?

IM: Feeling ill often causes a loss of appetite. This is normal, and usually improves as the infection improves. It is important, even if you have no appetite, to drink an adequate amount of fluids. You are drinking adequate fluids if your urine is a pale yellow color. ...Read more

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What causes occipital lymph node swelling? I'm pretty sure that's what I have on the left side it's only one it's been there for about 3 months

What causes occipital lymph node swelling? I'm pretty sure that's what I have on the left side it's only one it's been there for about 3 months

Ans: The lymph nodes can become inflamed for many reSons. You may have had an infection and thus the lymph nodes become reactive. They do eventually resolve takes a while. Now considering the nodes are enlarged only on one side and you are so young best to see a doctor and get examined ...Read more