Common "Lymphadenopathy" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


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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Is lymphadenopathy after unprotected oral sex a sign of HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, My concern is that I engaged in unprotected oral sex with a CSW (Community Sex Worker) a few months ago. Since then, I have experienced recurring lymphadenopathy up to the present date. I underwent an HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) TRI-DOT test after a month, which returned a nega...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. Engaging in unprotected oral sex carries a relatively low risk of contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), particularly if bleeding gums or active oral ulcers are absent. Given that the last exposure occurred severa...  Read Full »

There are pain and swelling in sublingual and submandibular area. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My sister, a 15-year-old female patient complains of intermittent pain on R sublingual area and neck (submandibular area) graded 6/10 at rest and aggravated when eating to 8/10. Past medical history: She developed fever recently and was diagnosed with UTI and was given cough remedy. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Navelkar Rohan Sanjay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is 23 days now since the infection started, that is quite a long time. Her chief complaint is pain in the submandibular and sublingual region which can happen due to tonsillitis as well as infection of the salivary gland which is located in that region. Typically these...  Read Full »

Is it possible to get STD through mutual masturbation with a transgender person?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my last intercourse 25 days ago. After four days of intercourse, I started experiencing nausea, weakness, lower abdominal pain, and back pain. My foreskin turned red. I consulted a urologist and got tested for STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) except for syphilis. All the...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. The risk of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by given description is nil. The symptoms are non-specific. The negative HIV antibodies test after 44 days is almost conclusive. You can go for an HIV antibodies test after three mo...  Read Full »

I have a node on the neck after forced sex. Could this be due to HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex with a man who forced himself on me. Five days later, a node on the right side of my neck appeared with a sore throat. I went to the doctor, explained everything, took an HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) test and it came back negative. The node is hard and gets sof...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Anaparthi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Lymphadenopathy is not related to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and probably caused by infected teeth as HIV infection takes approximately six months to one year to get lymphadenopathy. Get HIV test after 45 to 90 days with generation four dual tests or western blot ...  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 »

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

Query: Hi doctor, I gave oral sex to a man, whose HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) 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 (Anti Retroviral Syndrome)?  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 cou...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hello doctor, My two-year-old female child has mild lymph node enlargement under the chin and groin. She had a fever. Her weight is 17 pounds. Peripheral smear showed mild degree aniso-poikilocytosis. Her hemoglobin is 12. She has a minimal fullness of renal pelvic calyceal system (USG). Is there an...  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 obstr...  Read Full »

Will a long term enlarged lymph node be a cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 35-year-old female. Four years ago, I got the bad flu and I felt horrible pain around my neck. When I put my hand on my neck I found two small balls one on my right side and one on my left side. My doctor said it is because of the flu and I got one pack of antibiotics. After one ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. After going through your elaborate history, it appears that you have had cervical lymphadenopathy secondary to the flu you had four years back. Lymph nodes are basically the policemen of the human body, they are the first to get inflamed an...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for inguinal lymphadenopathy.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 55 year old male. I am suffering from inguinal lymphadenopathy. 2 years ago I have this on the right side and now on the left side. There is a square shallow knot present on the right side now. I have stiffness and rigidity especially in the left arm and occasional limited movement...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I assure you not to worry as all things may get settled with proper care and follow-up. Inguinal lymph nodes usually get prominent due to some infection (that you say have been ruled out) or some primary pathology of the nodes themselves. The knots you are talking about ...  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 »

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