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Why do all my docs say my swollen lymph nodes are fine just bc their not growing. There still has to be a reason their swollen right? They won't test
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: Swollen glands
The real reason not to test is because the only good test is a needle aspiration or surgical excision, and no md wants to do that if it's not absolutely necessary.
There are no specific blood tests for the causes of enlargement of lymph nodes, which is a very common symptom, usually just reflecting exposure to multiple, mostly viral infections of head, neck, and respiratory passages.

In brief: Swollen glands
The real reason not to test is because the only good test is a needle aspiration or surgical excision, and no md wants to do that if it's not absolutely necessary.
There are no specific blood tests for the causes of enlargement of lymph nodes, which is a very common symptom, usually just reflecting exposure to multiple, mostly viral infections of head, neck, and respiratory passages.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
In brief: Monitoring System
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.
The lymph nodes "taste" 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 your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react.

In brief: Monitoring System
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.
The lymph nodes "taste" 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 your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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