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lymph node swelling: meaning
Jan 29, 2011

I got Hiv since no more than 2 years ago, why is that only now im having swollen lymph nodes in my neck? what exactly do lymph node swelling mean for the course of infection and disease? is the virus replicating faster insides lymph odes when they swell?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thank you for your post.

Lymph node swelling is an indication of activation of the immune system in the body region near the node. The causes are many, some are minor, others more serious. It's common to see lymph node swelling among persons living with HIV- especially among persons who have not started on antiretroviral treatment.

Swollen nodes in the neck often arise from sinus or dental infections, herpes outbreaks.

Persistent large nodes can be a worrying symptom of more serious condition, such as tuberculosis or cancers. These (an any questionable ones) should certainly have medical evaluation.

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