Enlarged Lymph Node

The lymph nodes can get enlarged or swollen as a result of infection, stress, immune disorder, or cancer. During infection, the lymph node gets enlarged due to immune cell activity in them. Any infection of an organ causes swelling of the nearby lymph nodes.

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Can FNAC be performed on a lymph node that measures 7 mm?

Query: Hi doctor, Last week, I went to an ENT clinic with a small, hard, fixed lymph node behind my jaw just below my ear for about four months. I have felt otherwise fine. The ENT palpated it and did not seem concerned. She then performed an ultrasound on the node and said that it measured 7x4x2 mm and h...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for briefing regarding the problem in concern. It is a thumb rule that when you palpate, the size of the swelling is much more than what it is since you will be considering other neighboring structures that have nothing to do with the enlarged lymph node. Lymph n...  Read Full »

Can lymph node enlargement occur permanently?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lymph node on the posterior side of my neck for three years. Its size and shape resemble that of a peanut, and it is movable. Two months before, I had another lymph node in front of my neck. It is also a small-sized lymph node and not increasing in size. I have a fear of lymp...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanya Dhingra

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Lymph nodes are significant when their size is more than 1-1.5 cm. You do not have to be anxious about anything. I would like to know whether you have any loss of appetite. This is just to rule out some conditions. Sometimes lymph node e...  Read Full »

Why am I having persistent cough and high ESR?

Query: Hello doctor,I am having persistence cough for over four weeks and high ESR of 66 and X-ray result show swollen lymph nodes as well but just finished using antibiotics and cough syrup. Presently cough has reduced. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your query and here is my advise. Your mentioned symptoms could be from a bronchitis-like inflammatory condition and so, enlarged lymph nodes can be present. Your symptoms have improved and so, now no further medication is advised and close clinical m...  Read Full »

Is FNB or biopsy needed to check lymph node enlargement?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32 year old male. My height is 6 feet and weight is 145 lbs. I am facing a significant unexplained weight loss of more than 45 lbs in four months. My normal weight since high school is 185 to 180 lbs. I am having episodes of significant and frequent drenching night sweats. Also, I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Geriatrician, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query and attached images (attachment removed to protect patient identity), my opinion is as follows: In view of the clinical symptoms, images could be more of neoplastic etiology. Clearly, with the family history and prominent nodes along with classical his...  Read Full »

Can a CT scan determine whether an enlarged lymph node is benign or malignant?

Query: Hello doctor, Is there anyway that a CT scan can determine whether an enlarged lymph node is benign or malignant?  Read Full »


Dr. Ruchi Bahuguna

Radiodiagnosis Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. CT is a structural imaging method that relies on assessment of lymphnodes (LNs) based on their anatomy viz.size,shape, margins and enhancement patterns. Among these, size is still the most common criterion, a short axis diameter of more than 1 cm is generally accepted a...  Read Full »

Can a rheumatologist diagnose the cause of enlarged lymph nodes from biopsy reports?

Query: Hi! I had enlarged lymph nodes on both sides of the neck. I sought consult and had a neck dissection and biopsy. I believe i'm healthy.I dont feel anything except for the enlarged lymph nodes.It was noted in the result: Histiocytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis consider: 1.Kikuchi Fujimoto 2.Lupus Ad...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: hello, Have gone through the details submitted Localised painless cervical lymphadenopathy , Kikuchi's Lymphadenitis is a well known , though uncommon Idiopathic Lymphadenitis .Its a self limiting entity and will remit on its own Its close Differential diagnosis is Lupus [SLE] Lymphadenitis , has...  Read Full »

Please suggest medicine to relieve throat pain that is radiating to the ears.

Query: It has been 3 weeks that I am experiencing front neck pain. First 2 weeks it is just the right side that is painful and the pain is just manageable. On the third week (this week). The pain worsen that I have to take pain reliever. The entire front of my neck is painful and I can feel swollen lymp no...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: You need antibiotic. Please take amoxicillin clavulanic acid 625mg thrice daily with meals for 5 days. take chymoral forte tablet before meals thrice daily for 3 days do hot fomentation and steam inhalation take montelukast10 levocetrizine5 combination once daily in the evenings daily for 7 days ...  Read Full »

I have fatigue and lightheadedness with enlarged lymph nodes below the jaw. What can cause this?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been looking for the cause of my constitutional symptoms including lightheadedness and fatigue. I have enlarged lymph nodes, with the biggest being behind my jaw just under my ear on the left side. I used a camera to look inside of my ear, and I found a concerning discolored a...  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Tehmid

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The area of discoloration does seem to be something like a nevus. Though uncommon nevus can occur in the external auditory canal. Otherwise, your external auditory canal and TM (tympanic membrane) are normal and are not a source of fatigue and lightheadedness. Did y...  Read Full »

Why do I have a swelling in the middle of the neck?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 22 years old. I have swelling in the middle of my neck since last two months. I do not have thyroid and I got it tested two months back. The result was negative. I have consulted a doctor and he prescribed me Monti FX and Lugol's iodine solution and it helped me a little, but after ...  Read Full »


Dr. Alok Rathi

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Swelling in the middle of the neck has huge list of causes. If you do not have fever, pain, difficulty in swallowing and just swelling is present, then thyroid swelling and lymph node swelling are the two most common causes. Thyroid swelling does not mean that your blood...  Read Full »

How common is rectal cancer recurrence?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 64-year-old female, operated cancer breast and cancer rectum. I completed the treatment for breast cancer. I underwent neoadjuvant CTRT and anterior resection with covering ileostomy for cancer rectum. I completed adjuvant chemotherapy and ileostomy closure done. My CT thorax sh...  Read Full »


Dr. Satyajit Jalinder Pawar

Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Oncologist, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your reports, your mammography is normal. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). CT (computed tomography) shows retroperitoneal lymph nodes and multiple hypodense lesions. Chances for breast cancer recurring after 10 years are usually unlikely. W...  Read Full »

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