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SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES
Lymph Nodes are small glands that filter lymph, the clear fluid that circulates through the lymphatic system and they become swollen in response to infection and tumors. Swollen Lymph Nodes occurs in response to illness, infection or stress. Swollen Lymph Nodes are a sign that the lymphatic system is working to rid the body of the responsible agents. Swollen Lymph Nodes are normally caused by ear infection, HIV infection, strep throat, skin infection, cancer, and immune system disorder. While Swollen Lymph Nodes can be as small as the size of a pea and as large as the size of a cherry, some of the common signs of Swollen Lymph Nodes include fatigue, fever, coughing, runny nose and sweating.
HOW IS SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will need:
Medical history. In addition, doctor will want to know when and how swollen lymph nodes developed and if you have any other signs or symptoms.
A physical exam. doctor will also want to check lymph nodes near the surface of skin for size, tenderness, warmth and texture. The site of swollen lymph nodes and other signs and symptoms will offer clues to the underlying cause.
Blood tests. Depending on what doctor suspects is causing swollen lymph nodes, certain blood tests may be done to confirm or exclude the suspected underlying condition. The specific tests will depend on the suspected cause, but most likely will include a complete blood count (CBC), which helps evaluate overall health and detect a range of disorders, including infections and leukemia.
Imaging studies. A chest X-ray or computerized tomography (CT) scan of the affected area may help determine potential sources of infection or find tumors.
Lymph node biopsy. If doctor can't pin down the diagnosis, it may be helpful to remove a sample from a lymph node or even an entire lymph node for microscopic examination.
HOW IS SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES TREATED?
Swollen lymph nodes caused by a virus may return to normal after the viral infection resolves. Antibiotics are not useful to treat viral infections. Treatment for swollen lymph nodes from other causes depends on the cause:
Infection. The most common treatment for swollen lymph nodes caused by a bacterial infection is antibiotics. If your swollen lymph nodes are due to an HIV infection, you'll receive treatment for that condition.
Immune disorder. If your swollen lymph nodes are a result of certain conditions, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, treatment is directed at the underlying condition.
Cancer. Swollen nodes caused by cancer require treatment for the cancer. Depending on the type of cancer, treatment may involve surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
DID YOU KNOW?
Any cancer that spread in the body can cause Swollen Lymph Nodes.