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Do swollen lymph nodes sometimes make it harder to breathe?

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Dr. William Goldsmith
Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Potentially

Lymph nodes in the neck can make it hard to swallow or breath if severely enlarged.
The tonsils are lymphatic tissue in the throat that are a cause of sleep apnea. The are also lymph nodes around the trachea than can caress the airways within the chest causing shortness of breath.

In brief: Potentially

Lymph nodes in the neck can make it hard to swallow or breath if severely enlarged.
The tonsils are lymphatic tissue in the throat that are a cause of sleep apnea. The are also lymph nodes around the trachea than can caress the airways within the chest causing shortness of breath.
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: It can

If the swollen lymph nodes are near the trachea either in the neck or in the chest they can cause breathing problems.

In brief: It can

If the swollen lymph nodes are near the trachea either in the neck or in the chest they can cause breathing problems.
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Maybe

If the lymph nodes are in the chest and large enough to compress airways they can affect breathing.
Some diseases where this occurs include lymphoma, sarcoidosis and lupus.

In brief: Maybe

If the lymph nodes are in the chest and large enough to compress airways they can affect breathing.
Some diseases where this occurs include lymphoma, sarcoidosis and lupus.
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