Swollen Lymph Nodes usually occur due to exposure to bacteria or virus. Swollen lymph nodes caused by an infection are called lymphadenitis. Lymphatic system is made up of a network or organs, vessels and numerous lymph nodes. Most of the lymph nodes are located in neck and head region. Symptoms of Swollen Lymph Nodes are:
• Tender and painful lymph nodes
• Runny nose, sore throat, fever
• Hardened, fixed and rapidly growing nodes
• Night sweats
HOW IS SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES DIAGNOSED?
The health care provider will perform a physical examination and ask about medical history and symptoms. The following tests may be done:
• Blood tests, including liver function tests, kidney function tests, and CBC with differential
• Lymph node biopsy
• Chest x-ray
• Liver-spleen scan
HOW IS SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES TREATED?
Swollen Lymph Nodes that are due to a virus usually return back to normal after the infection goes off. If the swelling is due to an immune system disorder, then the underlying condition needs to be treated