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lymph node
Apr 23, 2012

hi recently i had lymph node on my neck. but it was not painful or hard. it shrink back the day itself but it can still be seen meaning it has not completely dissappeared. On the day it appeared, i had slight fever. Does this leads to any disease or viral infection. So far i never have engage in sexual activities..

Response from Dr. McGowan

Swollen lymph nodes are not specific or diagnostic of any particular infection. They may be caused by viral infections or bacterial infections. Nodes that rapidly change may be due to inflammation in the part of the body in which they are located. Nodes in the neck could come from a tooth infection, sinus infection or ear infection. Sometimes nodes in the neck are swollen as part of an infection that goes everywhere in teh body and the neck nodes are just the easiest to feel, such as mumps. People with HIV, expecially with low CD4 counts can also get swollen lymph nodes from unuaual infections, such as tuberculosis and MAI or lymphoma, which is a type of cancer of the white blood cells in the lymph node. If the swelling continues or increases you should show them to your doctor.

Joe



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