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A 14-16 yr old 10 swollen lymph nodes .5-1.5 CM and 1 big one 2.5 all very soft and moveable. Docs say they fine. Go down with antibiotics then big?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
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In brief: Monitoring Centers

Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food.
Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff 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/digested food.
Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff 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
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Dr. Michael Jones
Family Medicine

In brief: Biopsy

My rule of thumb for a persisting enlarged lymph node greater than 1 CM diameter, particularly if it remains nontender, is to have it biopsied.
This is especially true if there is no present signs or symptoms of infectious process. However i might try a course of antibiotics such as Dicloxacillin before doing this.

In brief: Biopsy

My rule of thumb for a persisting enlarged lymph node greater than 1 CM diameter, particularly if it remains nontender, is to have it biopsied.
This is especially true if there is no present signs or symptoms of infectious process. However i might try a course of antibiotics such as Dicloxacillin before doing this.
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