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Forum Name: Lymphoma

Question: Swollen nodes - worried


 briggscreek - Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:30 pm

I'm a 31 year old female and noticed two swollen nodes in May, one in my right posterior neck and another just in front of my ear. They are both just under 1 cm and have not changed although both are somewhat tender. My doctor and an ENT said that they are normal and they think the preauricular node is swollen due to TMJ swelling on that side. Should I continue to follow up if there is no change? It seems like these nodes have been swollen way too long, but none of my doctors seem concerned. I did have bloodwork done and all was normal.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:35 pm

User avatar Hi Briggscreek,

Occasionally, after lymph nodes have become swollen they do not fully reduce back to normal size. They may remain about the size you are describing. These nodes still function normally and are really no different from other lymph nodes except in size. If the tenderness gets worse would recommend you have them evaluated since they can occasionally become infected.

It may also be that you have a viral infection (that may or may not be causing symptoms). This would also cause some swelling of the nodes and may make them a bit tender.

My colleague, Dr. Fouad, has written a very good article on lymph nodes. You can find it here.

Best wishes.

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