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Granulomas in lymph node tisse

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  • Posted By: GirlieGirl
  • September 21, 2007
  • 08:09 PM

:confused: In September 2006 I had a lymph node (right cervical) swell up over a couple days time to a size of 3 x 1.5cm. I did not feel sick at all, no sore throat or anything. I went to my Dr. and he diagnosed Upper Respitory Iinfection and prescribed antibiotics. It did not improve so I went back and he prescribed another antibiotic and sent me to see an ENT Dr. The ENT Dr. prescribed yet another 2 types of antibiotics and sent me for a CT scan, chest x-ray, bloodwork, and needle biopsy. All the bloodwork was normal, as was the x-ray and CT scan (well, besides the fact I found out I'm allergic to contrast dye but that's another story!). The needle biopsy revealed that I had non-caseating granulomas. I was referred to an infectious disease Dr. who ordered another set of blood tests (Cat Scratch, TB, Sarcoidosis, and some other stuff), all which came back normal again. He told me that since the lymph node was not making me sick or bothering me in any way, to wait 6 months and come back if it didn't resolve. It didn't resolve and I went back and the same blood tests were perfomred again and everything was still negative. Surgery was performed to remove the node. The biopsy revealed the granulomas again, although now they are appearing as caseating. It has now been a year since the lymph node first swelled up and I still have no answers. I know they don't just swell up that big for no reason, and have granulomas. It's now been over a year and all I have is alot of Dr.'s visits and no answers. My Dr. is having me re-take the Cat Scratch test even though I tested negative for it twice in the past year.

Any ideas on what could cause granulomas in cervical lymph nodes besides the stuff I've tested negative for? I'm tired of going to the Dr. I guess I could consider myself very lucky though, because over this whole time I have not felt sick at all other than being tired.

Oh, I guess I should add I am a 33 year old woman, healthy, slender, with no children (yet;) ).

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