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Why do glands swell?
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Which glands?
Glands can swell because of infection or inflammation (some people refer to lymph nodes and tonsils as "glands") or because of local obstruction of their drainage (as in the salivary glands).
So the best answer would depend on to which gland you are referring.

In brief: Which glands?
Glands can swell because of infection or inflammation (some people refer to lymph nodes and tonsils as "glands") or because of local obstruction of their drainage (as in the salivary glands).
So the best answer would depend on to which gland you are referring.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: Healthy or not
Lymph glands ("nodes") draining infected areas enlarge because they are the battleground between the immune system and invaders and special immune cells are growing.
If brief, it's nothing to worry about. Enlargement of an endocrine (like thyroid or adrenal) or exocrine (like salivary) is often a sign of illness.

In brief: Healthy or not
Lymph glands ("nodes") draining infected areas enlarge because they are the battleground between the immune system and invaders and special immune cells are growing.
If brief, it's nothing to worry about. Enlargement of an endocrine (like thyroid or adrenal) or exocrine (like salivary) is often a sign of illness.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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