The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

AIDS-Related CancersAIDS-Related Cancers
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

How to measure the size of lymph nodes?
Jun 13, 2003

I often see people here talking about the size of lymph node in terms of centimeter. My question is how do you get their value (size in centimeter)?

Response from Dr. Dezube

The first point which I want to make about lymph node size is that there is no magic number such that below that number the lymph node is not worrisome and above that number the lymph node is worrisome. There is however a tendancy for lymph nodes to be more worrisome if they are larger than 2 centimeters.

If you can feel your lymph nodes, then you can measure the size of the lymph node with the help of a ruler. The lymph nodes are typically measured at the point of greatest length. If the lymph nodes are internal (e.g. in the belly or chest), then a CT scan can give a very accurate assessment of the size of lymph nodes.

Do I need anal pap smear?
HPV & immune system

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint