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What does it mean if a person has multiple swollen glands under an arm?

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Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice
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In brief: Couple possibilities

Axillary lymphadenopathy , lymphadenitis, follicular cysts, sebaceous cysts, sebaceous adenitis, sweat gland cysts or tumors, or lipomas.
A primary care doctor can examine and determine the type of swollen "glands" and due tests to determine the cause. Typically axillary lymph node swellings (adenopathy or adenitis) are due to infections or cancer.

In brief: Couple possibilities

Axillary lymphadenopathy , lymphadenitis, follicular cysts, sebaceous cysts, sebaceous adenitis, sweat gland cysts or tumors, or lipomas.
A primary care doctor can examine and determine the type of swollen "glands" and due tests to determine the cause. Typically axillary lymph node swellings (adenopathy or adenitis) are due to infections or cancer.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
And the list goes on: malignancies can do this, drugs reactions, TB, HIV and syphillis all cause generalized lymphadenopthy
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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