A swollen or enlarged lymph node is most commonly due to an infection. Specific lymph nodes drain a particular region, and hence localized lymphadenopathy is also sit-specific. Some of the causes include tonsilitis, dental caries, flu, sinusitis, skin wounds, etc. In generalized lymphadenopathy, there is lymph node swelling in more than one region in cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, autoimmune disorders, etc. The lymph nodes become tender. Treating the infection resolves lymphadenopathy.

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I have swollen lymphnodes everywhere in the body. Is it cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had swollen lymph nodes for over 1.5 years. I have gone through scans and viruses blood test, which resulted negative (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I have them everywhere I can feel. Neck, groin, armpits, chest and even on my face. What are the chances it is...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Generalized lymphadenopathy cannot always be due to cancer. However, lymphoma blood cancer is one of the cause for that. I suggest you investigate with biopsy of grossly visible enlarged lymph nodes or FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) scan to identify the cause...  Read Full »

I have an enlarged lymph node on the right side of my neck and I have a few discomforting symptoms. Does taking Iron pills cause this?

Query: Hi doctor, I feel like my lymph node on the right side of my neck is enlarged, and I struggle to swallow. Also, I feel nauseous, and I struggle to eat. It feels like there is pressure on my neck when I turn to the right side. In addition, I feel like a lot of gas has built up inside that I need to v...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I saw the file you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Kindly answer to the questions mentioned below, 1. Since how long do you have these symptoms? 2. Do you have difficulty swal...  Read Full »

My four year old baby is diagnosed with mesenteric lymphadenopathy and is suffering from pain and fever. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a four year old baby diagnosed with mesentric lymphadenopathy. She has stomach pain, fever, body pains, and sore throat. Kindly advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. As long as the lymph nodes are no more than 20 mm in size, you need not worry. Regarding stomach pain, you can give the child syrup Cyclopamine (dose as per the child's weight) on an SOS basis. As regards the fever: If the temperature is...  Read Full »

I have inflamed and painful lymph nodes for many months despite normal blood reports. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I had inflamed and painful lymph nodes for a few months. I checked with a doctor, who advised me to take a few tests. My blood test shows high Interleukin receptor 2 levels. Fine needle aspiration cytology of the inflamed lymph nodes showed benign changes. I am worried that I have lym...  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I reviewed your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). There is no evidence of any lymphoma or any other neoplastic process. Interleukin 2 is a T Lymphocyte activation marker. In leukemias,...  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. Shah Sushma Kant

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 »

Why is there lymph node enlargement under chin and groin in a child?

Query: Hello doctor, My 2-year-old female child has mild lymph node enlargement under the chin and groin. She had a fever. Her weight is 8 kg. Peripheral smear showed mild degree aniso-poikilocytosis. Her hemoglobin is 12. She has a minimal fullness of renal pelvic calyceal system (USG). Is there anything...  Read Full »

Dr. Mukherjee Koushik

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Recurrent fever with lymphadenopathy sometimes indicates chronic infection like tuberculosis. If ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) is normal and the fever subsides, this may be a remote possibility. A mild fullness of pelvicalyceal system sometimes indicates mild obs...  Read Full »

Is it common to remove a salivary gland instead of a lymph node to check for lymphoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a biopsy done, and the surgeon was supposed to remove a lymph node to check for lymphoma. But, the surgeon removed my salivary gland by mistake. The surgeon sent off the salivary gland without knowing that he had removed the wrong part, and they ran a couple of tests. But, the repor...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) say that you have lymphadenopathy. The tissue received for biopsy was lymphoid tissue only. But, it was not a complete lymph node, and only an incisional bi...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options for abdominal lymphadenopathy in a child?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter, who is five years old, was detected with abdominal lymphadenopathy. Her ESR level is 62. She is also suffering from constipation and abdominal pain. Her doctor advised blood tests, ultrasound, and endoscopy followed by histopathology. The biopsy report shows chronic duoden...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You should not worry. There is no evidence of cancer in the given scenario (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Lymph nodes (LN) in the abdomen are normal structures. The lymph nodes enlarge in the presence of infection and malignancy. Here, LN is not s...  Read Full »

What is the reason for recurrent underarm swellings in my wife with a pus discharge?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife develops swelling in her underarm from the last 2 to 3 years. This swelling is painful, and she is not able to lift her hand. After a week, this swelling discharges a bad smelling puss and blood. This happens every 2 to 3 months. Two years back, we consulted a surgeon, who inc...  Read Full »

Dr. Patil Pratik Pramod

Answer: Hi,Welcome to lymph nodes swelling especially in armpits is not a good sign. She needs to get investigated thoroughly.Does she have any complaints of a cough since a long time? Any swellings in the breast? The last time you got the nodes operated, did you get a biopsy done?Tu...  Read Full »

Are hot breaths and acidity symptoms of an HIV infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having hot breaths, and my eyes feel hot. I have acidity problems. All these problems started after I had sexual intercourse. Is it an indication of HIV? Should I get a western blot test now?  Read Full »

Dr. Murali Rayani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Hot breaths and acidity problems are non-specific symptoms and are not related to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. The risk factors for HIV infection is having sex with unknown partners, whose HIV status is not known, or through blood transmission. If you ha...  Read Full »

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