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Do swollen lymph nodes mean cancer?

Do swollen lymph nodes mean cancer?

Swollen lymph nodes: Although some types of cancer may present with enlarged lymph nodes that can also occur because of infections. ...Read more

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What does enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes mean?

What does enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes mean?

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 does subcentimeter lymph nodes mean?

What does subcentimeter lymph nodes mean?

Very small: 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. That term means < 1cm. ...Read more

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What does unenlarged bilateral cervical lymph nodes mean?

What does unenlarged bilateral cervical lymph nodes mean?

Mmmm...: All normal humans have unenlarged bilateral cervical lymph nodes, so that by itself has no special meaning. ...Read more

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Why do I have enlarged inguinal lymph nodes?

Why do I have enlarged inguinal lymph nodes?

Infection?: Possibly infection. There are also some more serious causes, such as lymphoma. Symptoms like these are best evaluated in person by your physician. Based on the findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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What do swollen lymph nodes feel like?

What do swollen lymph nodes feel like?

It depends on their: size. In general, they are bean shaped and feel firm but not hard. They may be tender to the touch. Lymph nodes that are cancerous tend to be fixed in one place, while "benign" nodes wiggle somewhat under the skin. Nodes that pop up over a short period of time are usually caused by nearby infection. Strep throat, for example can cause noticeable swell of nodes in the neck. Dr. anne ...Read more

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Do swollen anticubital nodes mean cancer?

Do swollen anticubital nodes mean cancer?

Not necessarily: Do you have any open wound, infection, scratches, bites, puncture, suspicious mole etc on your hand area? If you do, the antecubital node swelling could be a reactive process towards the problem on hand. Swollen node can be caused by infection, inflammation, trauma, autoimmune, malignancy etc. If it becomes persistent more than 4-6 weeks-or growing or if u're worried-then see your md for eval. ...Read more

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How do I know if enlarged lymph nodes are cancerous?

How do I know if enlarged lymph nodes are cancerous?

Biopsy: The only way to know for sure is to undergo a biopsy. This can be tricky for lymph nodes since the nonsurgical approach that we favor (needle biopsy) may sometimes provide insufficient tissue for definitive diagnosis, necessitating surgical excisional biopsy. Often, we can safely watch enlarged lymph nodes in the right clinical situation. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if your lymph nodes are swollen?

What exactly does it mean if your lymph nodes are swollen?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. A lymph node "tastes" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. You can feel them then. ...Read more

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What are swollen lymph nodes?

What are swollen lymph nodes?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff 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 does scattered nonspecific lymph nodes mean?

Vague: It is a very vague description that basically says the lymph nodes look abnormal in some way, but it's minimally abnormal and there is no pattern to the abnormality. Best to discuss with your doctor but usually, clinically this doesn't really mean translate into anything. (i.e. non-diagnostic, not really helpful for guiding treatment either) Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when your lymph nodes are swollen?

What exactly does it mean when your lymph nodes are swollen?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. A lymph node "tastes" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. You can feel them then. ...Read more

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Multiple mesenteric lymph nodes enlarged, does it mean kochs abdomen?

Multiple mesenteric lymph nodes enlarged, does it mean kochs abdomen?

May or may not be!: Unless we know the size of the enlarged nodes, it is difficult to know what these nodes mean. You need to go see a specialist who can do further checking especially if you have any abdominal symptoms like pain, poor appetite, weight loss or fever. If you are well, you can wait and repeat the imaging study that showed these nodes in the first instance. A 2-3 month interval might show if they change. ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph nodes, swollen underarm, enlarged tonsil. No pain. What does this sound like?

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 does a tender lymph node mean?

What does a tender lymph node mean?

Lymph node: Pain at the site of lymph node. ...Read more

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What does inferior lymph nodes mean on a thyroid ultrasound?

What does inferior lymph nodes mean on a thyroid ultrasound?

Lower neck: Most likely this is referring to nodes located in the lower part of your neck closer to the sternum and clavicles. ...Read more

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What does the term shotty lymph nodes mean?

Cluster of nodes: This term refers to being able to palpate a group of small lymph nodes that are clustered together. ...Read more

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What can having swollen lymph nodes cause?

What can having swollen lymph nodes cause?

Good health, maybe: Everybody has a few swollen lymph nodes around their bodies. If you feel well otherwise, and the nodes are not super-big or fixed to surrounding structures, they are your friends. Something as simple as going barefoot in the summer can make impressive nodes pop up in your groin. If you're asymptomatic, be happy. ...Read more

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Swollen tender infraclavicular lymph node and low wbc. What do these indicate?

Swollen tender infraclavicular lymph node and low wbc. What do these indicate?

Further tests: You need to see a physician to get examined and get some clarification on how low the white count is, and which white cells are low. Tender lymph nodes in that area could represent a lung problem so you may need an imaging test of the chest as well. ...Read more