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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I have mild left axillary adenopathy. What can I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25-year-old female with a height of 5'6 feet and a weight of 220 lb. I take tablet Propranolol for fast heart rate. I am not diagnosed with anything other than this. I recently had a neck CT because of some swelling. It was ectopic thyroid tissue. But in the impression, it also not...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for making a clear and elaborate account of your medical findings and pointing out your concerns. I understand that you are worried about the following: 1) Why was one of the left axillary lymph nodes enlarged? 2) How could they even be seen on a neck CT?...  Read Full »

Would you please check the results of my neck sonogram and interpret the results?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 47 years old, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weigh 165 pounds. I am a MS patient and I take Aubagio 7 mg. My MS is under control with no problem and it is stable. I was feeling very tired, had pain on the neck before four months. I went to the doctor and she sent me to do a neck ultrasound a...  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query, and I can understand your concern. Lymphadenopathy is benign and self-limited in most patients. It refers to lymph nodes that are greater in size than 1 cm or abnormal inconsistency. A detailed and relevant medical history and physical examina...  Read Full »

I have Epstein Barr virus and numerous enlarged lymph nodes. What are they?

Query: Hello doctor, Needle core biopsy of 1.5 cm lymph node in the abdomen at porta hepatis. Numerous small and large nodes are present. Flow cytometry shows peripheral blood contaminated specimen, lymphocytes population is 97 % of total leukocytes and consists of T-cells helper and suppressor immunoph an...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hereby, I am giving my opinion for your case. You are having ebstein bar virus infection. This virus can lead to hepatitis development and enlarged lymph nodes. You are right on your suspicion that multiple enlarged lymph nodes raised suspicion towards malignancy esp...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have a neck dissection just by suspicion of malignancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I have 4 enlarged cervical lymph nodes in my neck. Two are cystic and have calcification inside. There are also 3 small nodules on my thyroid. Two are about 2 mm and one is 6 mm. All blood and thyroid tests came back normal. Full body PET-CT showed no abnormal activity in thyroid or lymp...  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. Papillary thyroid carcinoma is the most common type of thyroid cancer which if detected in early stage has good prognosis. It spreads locally mostly to adjacent structures including lymph nodes. Smal...  Read Full »

How to treat reactive hyperplasia of the lymph nodes?

Query: Hi doctor,I have enlarged lymph nodes. Is reactive hyperplasia lymph nodes risky in the future? How do resolve these lymph nodes? Is it normal? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lymphoid hyperplasia is expected in infections, but since tuberculosis has been taken care of, there is nothing to worry about. Well, as I can see, there are two reports (the attachments are removed to protect the patient's identity). The first one was suggestive of ...  Read Full »

I have left armpit pain and my ultrasound shows enlarged lymph nodes in my breasts. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been having left armpit pain for the last two weeks. I went for a breast ultrasound and only found an enlarged lymph node (I had another regular ultrasound where this was still dilated) and simple cyst (which was not there in the routine ultrasound), and a new enlarged lymph node on...  Read Full »


Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have reviewed your attached reports (the attachments are removed to protect patients' identities) and your reported concerns. It would be best if a formal clinical interview and examination evaluate you, and then any conclusion is made. Howe...  Read Full »

What could the pain under my armpits be?

Query: Hello doctor,For the past two days, I have been having pain under my armpits beside my left breast. The pain sometimes also goes down my arm into my collarbone and sometimes into my shoulder blade. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From what you have mentioned, there are many possible causes: 1. It may be an enlarged, inflamed lymph node in your armpit. 2. It can be musculoskeletal pain. 3. It can be a pain due to heart problems. So please provide me with answers in order to reach the appropri...  Read Full »

Can my hard, painless submental lymph node that is present for two to three months be cancerous?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a hard, painless submental lymph node for two to three months that is smaller than a pea. It is smaller in the morning and fluctuates in size when I touch it often. I have no other symptoms. I have read online that hard nodules are always cancer. It is larger than the other ...  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Hard or firm nodes are only one of the important factors. Subcentimetric nodes (size less than a centimeter) that do not show size changes over time usually do not bother us. Also, the fixity of the nodes to either the skin or the underl...  Read Full »

I have had swollen lymph nodes below my ears for 12 years. Is this a cancerous condition?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had swollen lymph nodes just under my ears on both sides for 12+ years. I first noticed them after having a skin infection (folliculitis) that took three months to get rid of. They both were hard, fixed, but slightly movable. Once I noticed them, I was always messing with them, pok...  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Eight years is too long for any cancerous tissue to remain dormant, not grow or spread. Most people have benign neck nodes throughout their lives. A subcentimetric node that does not grow and does not change its character is not of concern to us. Yes, chronic skin or sc...  Read Full »

I have a swollen lymph node in neck since birth. Is it something serious?

Query: Hello doctor, I have swollen lymph node on the left back side of the neck. I am not sure from when I have it but I start noticing it from two months. It is not hurting me and my CBC report is normal. I do not have any other symptoms like fever, night sweat or weight loss. I wanted to know is it pos...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. These are subcentimeter lymph nodes which usually are benign and harmless. However, if you develop fever, joint pains, rash, change in appetite, weight loss or night sweats this should be investigated further by biopsy or FNAC (fine .needle aspiration cytology). You ...  Read Full »

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