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There are 3 swollen lymph nodes on the left side of my neck and the doctor can't find a cause. What could it be?

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Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Pursue it

Inflammatory response is a common response of ln with enlargement.
A recent viral infection, skin eruption of head and neck area may be the cause. There are malignancies that may present with enlarged ln. Treatment may vary from watchful waiting, antibiotics, to needle biopsy of ln. Point is to have it followed by your doctor until it is resolved.

In brief: Pursue it

Inflammatory response is a common response of ln with enlargement.
A recent viral infection, skin eruption of head and neck area may be the cause. There are malignancies that may present with enlarged ln. Treatment may vary from watchful waiting, antibiotics, to needle biopsy of ln. Point is to have it followed by your doctor until it is resolved.
Dr. James Isobe
Dr. James Isobe
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: May need a biopsy

Swollen lymph nodes without a cause need to be investigated.
There are many reasons lymph nodes can enlarge but it will likely require a biopsy to figure this out.

In brief: May need a biopsy

Swollen lymph nodes without a cause need to be investigated.
There are many reasons lymph nodes can enlarge but it will likely require a biopsy to figure this out.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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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.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. Majid Jamali
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Lymph nodes

Inflammatory, infection, malignancy.
Do you have a young cat at home? Also, you should be seen by an oral surgeon to fully evaluate your mouth.

In brief: Lymph nodes

Inflammatory, infection, malignancy.
Do you have a young cat at home? Also, you should be seen by an oral surgeon to fully evaluate your mouth.
Dr. Majid Jamali
Dr. Majid Jamali
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