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Forum Name: Lymphoma

Question: Swolen lympnodes for years


 ian_nh - Sat Sep 22, 2007 3:57 pm

I'm a 26 yo male who has had swolen lymph nodes through out my neck as well as under my ears and jaw and sides of my neck for years.

I went to a doctor about 6 years ago and he told me that some people have larger than normal lymph nodes. They do not hurt. The ones I have noticed before only get larger when I'm sick, but now I'm finding new lumps on the side of my neck that I did not notice before. I'm not sure if they where there before or not. They are small. Most just slightly bigger than a grain of puffed rice. Again, none of them hurt.

I grow more and more concerned about them. I want to know what they could be or if its just what the last doctor said, larger than average but harmless.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:45 pm

User avatar Hi Ian_nh,

It sounds like you have a condition we call "shotty" lymph nodes. These are normal, properly functioning, non-cancerous lymph nodes that happen to be big enough to feel. They get their name because they feel a little like buckshot.

If you notice that the nodes become fixed or are getting bigger you should have them reexamined.

My colleague, Dr. Fouad, has written a very good article summarizing lymph nodes that you may find helpful. It can be found here.

Best wishes.

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