Lymph Node Enlargement

Lymph nodes drain the lymphatic fluid and offer protection. Any infection causes lymph node enlargement or lymphadenopathy. They become palpable and tender during an infection. It is usually accompanied by fever, cold, night sweats, etc. Based on the site of infection, the lymph nodes pertaining to the area swell. Hard and fixed nodes are a sign of malignancy. Leukemia and lymphoma are malignancies involving the lymphatic system.

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I had a lymph node enlargement under my left jaw five months back, and now I am experiencing pain in my left breast. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor,I had a lymph node enlargement under my left jaw five months back. I have been taking infection medicines, but two months ago, the pain reached my left breast on the axial point. Right now, there is inflammation and pain in the whole left breast, passing to the right axial point. Is this l...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The diagnostic reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) shared appears to be a case of mastitis, possibly a bacterial infection causing breast inflammation or swelling. Your blood reports (attachments removed to protect...  Read Full »

Is it possible for a fungal infection to cause low-grade fever?

Query: Hi doctor, For around nine weeks now, I have had a low grade fever and that persists. Also, I feel a little upper throat fullness and mild sinus congestion. I have been in and out of primary care clinics many times looking for help.  I had two chest x-rays and they were clear. I also had blood test...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshuman Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is a chronic fever, which is called as pyrexia of unknown origin when we are unable to ascertain a cause. As your blood tests and x-ray are normal, lung infection is ruled out. Conditions causing chronic fever are numerous. Also, certain infections like tuberculosi...  Read Full »

Are rash and lymph node swelling after oral sex signs of ARS?

Query: Hi doctor,I gave oral sex to a man, whose HIV status was unknown, six weeks ago. I have now rash under both armpits and a swollen lymph node in my neck. I am attaching pictures of the rash and the lymph node. Could this be ARS?  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Oral sex has the least possibility of ARS (acute retroviral syndrome). I do not think you have ARS. Do you have dandruff or an earache or a toothache? Do you have a history of a cold or a...  Read Full »

I have pain in my penis with a scar. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, After testing positive for celiac disease, I had an EGD and biopsy three weeks ago. The pathology report stated that I had marked acute and chronic inflammation with severe reactive epithelial changes including villus blunting and gastric metaplasia. I was negative for H. pylori as I was ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Here according to your history, you were positive for gluten disease. So, you might have done tissue transglutaminase antibody testing. It is very sensitive for that and then, a biopsy for confirmation. In histopathology report, villous blunting present but int...  Read Full »

Is the presence of soot in the hilum indicative of lymphadenopathy?

Query: Hello doctor, Please tell me if that soot in both the hilum means lymphadenopathy. What does the black line between the heart and the aorta indicate? What does an unclear borderline on the top of the heart means? What does an unclear lower right corner edge mean? What do the black spots, one on each...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The two tick marks at the top are normal in the bilateral lung apices. On the right, there is a tick over the scapula, which is normal. There are pulmonary vessels in bilateral hilar areas. There is no obvious lymphade...  Read Full »

Can a swollen lymph node in the neck cause jaw and head pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am reaching out on behalf of my spouse, and I am looking for a second opinion. The lymph node on the left side of the neck has been swollen for some time now, causing continuous pain in the head's neck, jaw, and back. Pain is now moving into the left arm, hand, and leg. It has been ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for briefing about the problem in concern. With the symptoms you have mentioned, one of the possibilities I think is probable cervical spondylitis with possible nerve entrapment. It is very likely for a lymph node in the neck to be picked up by an ultrasound device...  Read Full »

My 5-year-old son has had swollen lymph nodes on his neck for over ten weeks. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5-year-old kid has had swollen lymph nodes on his neck for over ten weeks. Ten weeks ago, I noticed swollen lymph nodes and waited to see if they would go down because I know it can take some time for them to go down. Because they did not shrink, I took him to his doctor. The doctor...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please note that it is normal for children below the age of eight years to have such swollen lymph nodes intermittently during times of illness. The most common viral cause of swollen lymph nodes is EBV (Ebstein Barr virus). However, a course...  Read Full »

I took antibiotics for my dry socket three weeks back but still have pain and lymph node swelling. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a dry socket six weeks back and had a socket scrape and took antibiotics three weeks back. But I have severe pain in the jaws and lower front teeth. In addition, I noticed swollen lymph nodes and glands in the same areas and around the back of the ear. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Plessy Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. First of all, the diagnosis of a dry socket should be made by a dental professional. Then, proper debridement of the area with curettage should be done with a proper antibiotic course to treat it. I hope this helps. T...  Read Full »

I have urinary incontinence, pain and swelling in groin lymph nodes. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 34 years old male. I started having incontinence problems about four to six months ago (cause unknown). It began with issues only happening at night while sleeping. A month ago it had progressed to occasionally not even being able to make it to the bathroom before I began to pee. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Khant Shahil Ramesh Bhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Relax and do not worry. I have some questions for you as follows: At present do you have any incontinence? Was it protected or unprotected sex? Are ulcers at the site of the cut or in your penis? If possible send me more broad view images of ulcers and penis...  Read Full »

I see swollen lymph nodes on baby's neck even after antibiotics. Please suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, I happen to see swollen lymph nodes at the back of the neck in my 1 year old baby. I have consulted a doctor last month. He gave antibiotics for five days. But still, I see the swelling (from last month 20th, he has boils like prickly heat on the head, forehead, and hands which heals b...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Prominent lymph nodes are common in children below the age of 6 years. As long as the child is not chronically ill, is gaining weight, feeding well, and not having any other problems, you need not worry. Also, as regards the lymph node, you should keep a check if the...  Read Full »

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