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Forum Name: Lymphoma

Question: swollen below left jaw


 carternelley - Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:31 am

I am a 39yr old female. I have not seen a doctor regarding this yet, tubal 16 years ago, mother has arythmia father has high blood pressure, no current medications.

I have overnight a severely swollen spot right below my left jaw line. It is in between by ear and jaw. It does not hurt to touch my has created alot of pain in my jaw. My neckline has become very sore right where my esophagus runs, externally. I'm concerned about what may be causing this and if it could be a swollen limph node?[/list]
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Thu Jan 25, 2007 5:24 pm

User avatar Hello,

The swelling you have described is probably enlarged Lymph nodes as it occurs in a Lymph node region, however this must be confirmed by your physician.

Abnormal Lymph node enlargement commonly results from infection / immune response, cancer.

Following infection Lymph nodes become enlarged, painful and tender.

Since you have signs of inflammation then the enlarged lymph node is mostly reactionary to infection in the area drained by this lymph node like throat, gum, dental infections etc.

After treatment of infection with adequate course of antibiotics, they regress in size but never to normal size. Hence nodes that continue to grow in size are important and those that regress in size tend to be more reassuring.

Direct clinical examination is essential.
Keep us updated.
Best regards.

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