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Swollen Lymph Node for 2 1/2 months

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 17, 2007
  • 04:23 AM

I have had a swollen lymph node for 2 1/2 months. It is sometimes painful, sometimes not. I have had every blood test possible; all came back normal. I have had a CT that showed a swelling in the lymph node and a swelling in the submandibular gland. I have also had a fine needle aspiration of the lymph node that came back with normal results. I am concerned that the swelling has remained for so long and concerned that the other gland is swollen. Any ideas?

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  • Does the size change at all? Have you had mononucleosis before? Who looked at the CT scan? Did a radiologist? Did they give any specific findings (cyst? tumor?)? Fine-needle aspiration isn't as effective as removing the swollen node and biopsying it, but if it's nothing then you obviously don't need such a procedure. Maybe ask a doctor to biopsy the gland near your biopsy?
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  • The size has not changed...it started out very big (about 5 cm long to the touch) and has stayed that way. Two different types of antibiotics with no changes. Never had mono...that was one of the blood tests done too; negative. When I asked the ENT about the radiologists report of the CT, he said it didn't say much. I go back to see him again at the end of this week and I am going to ask him to let me read the report. Why is the main concern the lymph node and not the gland itself?
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  • Where is your swollen lymph node? I am curious because my son has one right under his chin. I have been to 3 different ENT's all are not sure what exactly it is.I even went to Childrens Hospital of Philly. He has had a CTscan w /contrast and an MRI w/ contrast. At first they thought it was a thyroglossal duct cyst but now they are leaning more towards a swollen lymph node because on the MRI it shows other lymph nodes around it. Which I was told in a 9 year old is perfectly normal because they are always subjected to viruses and other illnesses. The one thing all the Drs agreed on was to have it removed because it can turn into something or become infected. So he goes for surgery on April 24 then they will biopsy it to find out what it is. Of course I start thinking the worse but his blood test came back normal so thats a little bit of a relief.
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  • My swollen lymph node is right underneath my right ear, just above the jawline. I was told by two family pratitioners that it was my parotid gland, but the ENT says that it is the lymph node. My bloodwork has also all come back normal, but nothing seems to make the swelling go away.
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  • To the person whose son had the swollen lymph node ask for a TB test. When one of my sons was about 5 or six (he's eighteen now) he had the same sollen gland and I was told the samething by his doctor. A few months later I changed doctors bcus of insurance and pointed out the swollen gland to the new doctor. She test him for TB and it came back positive. She even retested him. By the time we caught it he had infected both of the other two boys. It is true the boys do tend to get more small infections and there by cause that gland to swell but it is better to air on the side of caution when it comes to things like that. As best we can figure he was exposed at the supermarket because the tested everyone else that he had been in contact with (even his father and and I) and everyone was negitive.Best of luck
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  • To the person whose son had the swollen lymph node ask for a TB test. When one of my sons was about 5 or six (he's eighteen now) he had the same sollen gland and I was told the samething by his doctor. A few months later I changed doctors bcus of insurance and pointed out the swollen gland to the new doctor. She test him for TB and it came back positive. She even retested him. By the time we caught it he had infected both of the other two boys. It is true the boys do tend to get more small infections and there by cause that gland to swell but it is better to air on the side of caution when it comes to things like that. As best we can figure he was exposed at the supermarket because the tested everyone else that he had been in contact with (even his father and and I) and everyone was negitive.Best of luckMy son is going in for surgery tomorrow 4/24. They are going to biopsy the lump after it is removed. I do remember one of the Dr asking me if he was exposed to TB and I told him not that I know of. I guess he should of sent him for a chest xray to see. Another I suggested to the Dr was mono. It is known to cause that. He said it certainly can be we will see when we remove it and biopsy it. I guess it is best to just take it out. It has been there for a couple of months. Instead of playing a guessing game when it can be something serious. Thanks for bringing that to my attention I will mention it to the Dr tomorrow.
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  • A lymph node is a gland, that's why the doctors are focusing on the lymph node. If the node enlarged spontaneously and has remained that size since, it does sound more like an infection. Most of the time cancer is more insidious, though there are cases of what you describe. I suggest you get a new ENT if s/he can not give you an adequate report of that CT scan. Go to your radiologist's office and ask them for the CT scans (or better yet, ask them to put the scans onto a CD so you don't even need the film) and then bring it to another ENT. Also ask the radiologist's office for the actual report as well.
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  • My swollen lymph node is right underneath my right ear, just above the jawline. I was told by two family pratitioners that it was my parotid gland, but the ENT says that it is the lymph node. My bloodwork has also all come back normal, but nothing seems to make the swelling go away.I have the same thing, and just like you had all kind of test done. Did your doctors ever came up with a result?
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    • August 13, 2007
    • 06:15 PM
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  • i have one that is right underneath my chin on the left side, i just noticed it about 2 weeks ago, but dont know if it has been there longer. Someone mentioned tb, and i know i have a chance of contracting it, because my parents both had it, but say it is dormant. i have had a test in the past, and it was negative. im just assuming for now it is an infection. how long should i wait before i should start worrying about it being something worse?
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    • September 15, 2007
    • 03:52 AM
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  • I am 57 and in good health , but all my life I have a swollen node just below my right jawbone.The size of it differs , it is larger and firmer in the morning . My doctor says if I have had it all my life not to worry about it . I have a dry mouth and my mouth never neutralizes any taste .If I drink coffee and do not brush my teeth/tongue right away , for a while I will smell like a used coffee cup and then it changes into bad breath. The only thing I could take with out having to brush is water . I have also post nasal drip and a friend suspects the swollen node as the cause for it. It is a pain not to take any food or drink or having to brush half a dozen times a day , and people who see the swollen gland asking me if I am sick but my doctor makes very light of it.
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    • November 11, 2007
    • 10:27 PM
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  • I'm 15 and I've got a swollen lymph node under my right chin which has been like that since the start of the year, it has had no pain but i went for a checkup to the doctor and they sent me in for an ultra sound, but all they could do via that is determine the size and compare it to the other nodes in that region. I'm going back in 3-6 months to see if the size has changed because i'm not comfortable with idea of them taking fluid out of it with a needle straight away. Is this something to keep a very close eye upon? Or is this a common occurance amongst people?
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    • December 18, 2007
    • 00:52 PM
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  • Hello, I read everyone's situation and I am worried about 3 yr. old son. When I first noticed the first swollen lymph node, it was on the right side of his neck about 6-7 mths. ago. I wasn't worried about it at first, until around Nov. 2007 I noticed the second swollen lymph node below the first one. I had taken him to his doctor in Jan. of this yr. and she had said it was because he was sick. He has a cold just about once a month and that's why the swelling is not able to heal, but just recenlty I noticed the third one underniethe his jaw on the right side as well (this one is slightly bigger than the other two) and when I was pointing it out to my aunt she noticed the forth (this one is the same size as the first two). I am worried about these multiple lymph nodes being swollen. His doctor said once the swelling went down and if the lymph nodes are still swollen then she will run blood tests. I was just wondering to ask for the tests now to be sure or just listen and wait,, any advice would help thanks!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2008
    • 07:47 AM
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  • The swollen lymph nodes just indicate infection.That infection could be herpes.... or even a cold.Don't freak.lymphatic system
    abdrew 24 Replies
    • February 19, 2008
    • 06:04 AM
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  • "My swollen lymph node is right underneath my right ear, just above the jawline. I was told by two family pratitioners that it was my parotid gland, but the ENT says that it is the lymph node. My bloodwork has also all come back normal, but nothing seems to make the swelling go away."I have/had a similar situation. Same spot. It was found during an MRI for an unrelated cause. Measured 1.7cm. A little over 2 months later I had an ultrasound done and it's still there. They measureed 1.8cm. Less than one week later went to the ENT doctor and he scheduled me for an CT guided biopsy because the lymph node could not be felt from the outisde. Went in for this yesterday and they found nothing abnormal to biopsy. As relieving as that should be I am confused and frustrated. How do two tests over a 2 1/2 month period result in an abnormal lympth node and one week later another test says otherwise.
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  • My son is 2 years old and they are thinking about removing his swollen lymph node he had a ultra sound done and that is what came back from it and all blood test came back normal.but I am really scared about the surgery cause he is so young but I also want that removed cause I dont want it to turn in to something more so just wondering how ur sons surgery went and what to excpet for the recovery.some people tell me just to leave it to cause he is growing and very healthy little boy.So I am stuck about what to do.any suggestions
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  • A lymph node is a gland, that's why the doctors are focusing on the lymph node. If the node enlarged spontaneously and has remained that size since, it does sound more like an infection. Most of the time cancer is more insidious, though there are cases of what you describe. I suggest you get a new ENT if s/he can not give you an adequate report of that CT scan. Go to your radiologist's office and ask them for the CT scans (or better yet, ask them to put the scans onto a CD so you don't even need the film) and then bring it to another ENT. Also ask the radiologist's office for the actual report as well.Just wanted to clarify... Actually lymph nodes are not glands. The parotid GLAND sits directly under the lymph node and contributes to salivary production....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 5, 2009
    • 01:59 AM
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  • To those with the swelling under the right ear above the jawline, I am curious if you have allergies. When my allergies were acting up badly before my sinus surgery, if I was stuffed up that is, I found that sniffing strongly in order to clear a stuffy head brought on that swelling. I've not had it since sinus surgery years ago, because my head hasn't been that stuffed up. I detest not being able to breathe through my nose, and practically lived on 12 hour nasal sprays before surgery.
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    • October 5, 2009
    • 10:40 PM
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  • I just started experiecing this problem since 2 days ago. I bought a 3 liter sunny D drink, i was driking it, and a litlle while after i decided to take a quick nap, as i lay on the bed i touch a swelling close to my right here, it was not all that painfull but it was hard when i touched. I wen't to see my doctor and he sent me to do an untrasound. I am awaiting the result of the utralsound.I am indeed having allergy problem right now. sneezing, running nose and almost daily blocked nose, expecially at night. I use nasal spray., but hardly help.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 12, 2009
    • 05:29 AM
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  • A few years ago I had the lymph node under my left ear swell significantly. At first the doctor assumed it was from a cold I had, but as the weeks passed it didn't go down (and the cold was long gone). No sign of any infection. I had a CT and saw a specialist, who just had me wait another month. When no change, I did a round of antibiotics and steroids and that did bring it down. After this success the specialist said he thinks it was cat scratch fever - even though I thought they had tested for that and ruled it out. Anyway, fast forward to this week when the same lymph node is enlarged again. Same as last time - it isn't tender to the touch, and is hard as a rock. At least I assume it isn't cancer since the antibiotic/steroid cocktail seemed to know it out last time, but I'm so curious what it could be.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 14, 2009
    • 07:20 PM
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  • Not sure if it's been suggested but have you been checked for Lyme? Don't depend on one blood test for a diagnosis on this one. I've seen stats as high as 90% false-negative reporting on blood tests...even on people who have had the disease for a long time. The tests currently being used are just not sensitive enough. Check with a Lyme literate physician or naturopath. That's how my son started. Swollen glands that wouldn't go away. It's taken over a year and giving up on conventional medicine (most GP's here just don't know about Lyme) to finally get a diagnosis.Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2010
    • 02:37 AM
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