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What is classed as a swollen lymph node ?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Depends on...

Whether or not a lymph node is called swollen depends on the size of the node and the average size of nodes in that part of the body, in people of that age group.
A node about the diameter of a dime may be called enlarged, and one that is half the width of a dime is called normal sized. In children neck nodes usually get larger than dime-width in strep throat or other infections.

In brief: Depends on...

Whether or not a lymph node is called swollen depends on the size of the node and the average size of nodes in that part of the body, in people of that age group.
A node about the diameter of a dime may be called enlarged, and one that is half the width of a dime is called normal sized. In children neck nodes usually get larger than dime-width in strep throat or other infections.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

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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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