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Forum Name: Lymphoma

Question: Swollen Axillary Lymph Nodes

 justino109 - Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:03 pm

I am a 30 year old male and I've had painless swollen axillary lymph nodes for the last two weeks. I visited the physician a week ago. During the examination, he could not feel the nodes themselves and did not note any distinct swollen masses, but agreed the region appeared "full". I had a CBC test run, but the results were all normal. I have not had any other symptoms such as fatigue, itchiness, night sweats, or weight loss. The physician prescribed Amoxicillin, which I have been taking for a week, with no noted effect. In the last week, I noticed that region around my spleen appears to be slightly swollen, but not painful. During the last week, I also noticed that the axillary node swelling is diminished, but not gone. At times, I have noticed slight muscle pains around my arms, armpits, and back. I was wondering if it is common for lymph node swelling to diminish with lymphoma, or if it is more indicative of an infection or mononucleosis. Any help would be appreciated.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:19 pm

User avatar Hello Justino109,

It would be much less likely for an enlarged lymph node due to lymphoma to shrink back down. The diminution of size makes it much less likely that this is due to an infection, which may be mononucleosis or another type of an infection (likely viral given the time frame you are describing).

Best wishes.

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