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Lymph Nodes
Dec 19, 2000

I had hernia surgery and the dr decided to remove 2 lymph nodes while there. He said they looked inflamed. Pathology report came back negative. My problem is that the hernia healed quickly and now I am filling up with fluid. After draining the area twice, the dr just put in a drain. Can you explain this to me. I'm wondering when it will be all over with.

Response from Dr. Henry

You don't mention what your HIV situation is. Swollen lymph nodes in the groin area are fairly common even in the general population. Takin our lymph nodes can often foul up drainage from the region leading to more swelling. COnditions to consider would be influenced by the HIV situation -- CD4 count, which HIV drugs one is taking, which AIDS defining conditions the persons has experienced, etc. I could comment further if I had more details. KH

Keith Henry, M.D.

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