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Lymph Nodes Systemic And Non Systemic

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Understanding the Immune System

Table of Contents Introduction Key Organs of the Immune System Key Cells of the Immune System HIV and the Immune System Introduction The immune system is made up of cells and organs that protect your body fromoutside invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites (types ofgerms or pathogens) that can cause infection and disease. The immune systemalso gets rid of abnormal pre-cancerous cells and cancerous cells that...
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HIV+ with metastatic melanoma of the lymph system

i'm worried about the lymph nodes in my body as i've had all 27 removed from my right axilla (arm pit) six months ago then went through radiotherap. I've just had one removed from my chest wall and two from my neck. Now in limbo...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Given that HIV is relative common and melanoma is relatively common, it is not unusual for us to see HIV-positive melanoma patients. It is not clear whether the melanoma is related to the HIV. Your oncologist/melanoma expert should treat you as... Read more »

lymph system

Please tell me why there arent more studies ith the lymph system.I have an enlarged perotid node by my right ear ahve been taking meds it has not gone down.1.does hiv replicate in the nodes making it swell or2 are they swollen because they are...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Many many disease processes involve lymph nodes, including HIV and other infections. HIV does indeed replicate in lymph nodes which is why they look "reactive" when examined closely, because cells in the lymph node are reacting to the... Read more »

lymph system

hi dr keith,if hiv fluid were to have contact with tonsils or was hooked in by the adenoid gland (orally), is it scientifically possible for the hiv to then spread throughout the lymph system without even having to enter the blood stream? i realize...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
It is possible for HIV to enter the body through a portal in the oral cavity such as the tonsils though the risk through oral sex is generally low (increased perhaps if open sores present, poor oral hygiene, etc.). Once HIV has infected a... Read more »

How can you tell when a lymph node should be biopsied?

Several months back I noticed an axillary lymph node that is approximately 2.5 cm in diameter. My physician palpated it, but said not to worry. It is very movable, smooth, pretty firm, and non-tender. I have no systemic symptoms, etc. He felt...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
I am assuming that your are HIV positive, though your note does not specifically say so. Lymph nodes in HIV-infected patients are very common. Most commonly they are enlarged (hyperplastic) as they try to fight off the HIV infection.... Read more »
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Help w/HIV & lymph node/cancer info...

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I've been poz almost 9 years (diagnosed 8 years ago) and on meds since May '97 and have always been healthy and asymptomatic. On my quarterly trip to the doctor last week he found that my right axillary lymph node is swollen "a little to big for... Read more »

lymph nodes

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Are lymph nodes under the skin or in the skin? I have a bump in my armpit right now and I am not sure how to tell if it is a lymph node or not. I can lift it up with the skin so it is not under the skin. I guess i am trying to figure out if it is... Read more »

lymph nodes in hands

Posted by scaredinIL, 2 Replies
Does anyone know if there are lymph nodes near the knuckles of your hands? I seem to have two little nodules on each side of each of my knuckles. Please help!!

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Lymph nodes

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I posted a question a while back regarding swollen lymph nodes. At the time I posted my question the lymph nodes in my groin area were aggitated/swollen. Now, about two weeks later, the ones in my neck (and possibly under my left arm) are swollen... Read more »