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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I have chest pain and chest report shows non-necrotic bilateral axillary lymph nodes. Is it cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old male. I have been having chest pain on the left side. The chest report shows few subcentimetric non-necrotic lymph nodes in the bilateral axillary region. The largest lymph node on the right side measures (15 x 9 mm). Can you please suggest whether the report shows a...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, The subcentimetric lymph nodes are 99% insignificant. They indicate some minor infection that can be easily cured with antibiotics. However, if the pain persists, the lymph nodes start increasing in size, you start losing weight or start los...  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 irregular heartbeats and chest pain. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have irregular heartbeats, chest pain, and pain under the ribs on both the sides. It is not exactly like pain, but more of a discomfort. Sometimes, I get a short stabbing pain either on the left or the right side under my ribs, and it also feels something is moving or gets squeezed a...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The probable causes could be, strep throat, pharyngeal gonorrhea, tuberculous lymphadenitis, etc. To come to a definite diagnosis, please consult a nearby physician.   Read Full »

I have a node on the neck after forced sex. Is it 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 »

I have a swollen lymph node on my neck. 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 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 »

My neck muscles hurt, and I feel unwell. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My neck muscles are throbbing to the point I cannot go to sleep. It is just under the ear. I have looked it up, and it is my pituitary glands. My co-worker has symptoms of whooping cough, but I have been vaccinated in the last year. I had a cough and then feeling generally unwell. Now ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your case and want to add here that it does not seem to be the pituitary gland that is causing the issues. I am sure about this as pituitary is not located in this area. So, be calm. You had cough and there is general fatigue too. This means there is ...  Read Full »

Does lymph node growth indicate unsuccessful chemotherapy in my father?

Query: Hello doctor, My father was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the esophagus six months back, stage II to III with a few malignant lymph nodes. He underwent surgery which was a success. He is taking chemotherapy right now, which is supposed to eliminate the malignant lymph nodes, which have spread to...  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to So, I have gone through your queries. I would like to know a few details which will help me in answering your questions. So before surgery what was his stage? What did baseline CT or PET (whichever was done) showed? Did he receive any chemotherapy prior to surgery? O...  Read Full »

I had unprotected oral sex with a CSW. Should I be worried about 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 »

I have an unilateral submandibular lymph node swelling. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a unilateral submandibular lymph node swelling on the right hand side of the neck. I had an ultrasound and at this time the lymph node measure 5-6 cm and the onset were sudden with pain. After three-course of antibiotics (Augmentin two doses and Clindamycin one dose), I was refer...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I want you to be completely calm because according to the course of the lymph node enlargement, symptoms, and investigations the lymph node enlargement is just an inflammatory reaction. It is not a tumor at all. Just complete your antibiotic treatment then follow up on th...  Read Full »

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