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Question: sweeling in lymph nodes in neck


 lavarocks77 - Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:06 am

16 yo male who was diagnosed in jan of 06 with cat scratch disease, his lymph nodes are still swelling in his neck on both sides and under his chin, he has lost weight, and has night sweats, throws up easy and has pain in his neck with headaches, we have extensive hx of cancer in family, no meds currently has had 5 round of antibotics this year
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:58 pm

User avatar It would be very unlikely for cat scratch disease to continue to produce symptoms for nearly a year. CSD generally is a self resolving infection (in immunocompetent patients) that goes away in 2-4 months. Often, no treatment is required.

The symptoms you describe are concerning, and should be looked into further. While cancer, such as lymphoma, can present with swollen lymph nodes, there are other infections that can do this as well. A few include coccidiodes imitis, tuberculosis, and histoplasmosis. I would strongly recommend a medical evaluation. Your son may need a biopsy of one of the nodes to get a better idea of what is going on.

Keep us informed. Hope this helps.

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