LYMPH NODE ENLARGEMENT/ LYMPHADENOPATHY

Overview

Lymph Nodes play a vital role as a part of our body’s immune system. There are more than 500 lymph nodes in our body. They filter harmful substances that can travel through our body and cause infections. However, sometimes you may develop inflammation or swelling of these lymph nodes. This condition is referred to as Lymphadenopathy (Lymph Node Enlargement). Usually this condition is not a cause of worry unless it’s becomes more generalised or associated with other
organs involvement.

What causes Lymph Node Enlargement?

One of the common reasons for neck area Lymph Node Enlargement is upper respiratory tract infection which can be caused due to pollution. While lymph node enlargement is common and usually non-cancerous, it is still a wise idea to see your doctor and clear any doubts with respect to its cause. Some of the other causes of Lymphadenopathy include:
  • Common Cold
  • Certain skin or scalp infections
  • Throat disorders or infections
  • Blood cancer, Lymphoma
  • Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis ( HLH)
  • EBV infection

How is Lymphadenopathy diagnosed?

Lymphadenopathy always is not a dangerous disease. However, since it can contribute as a symptom for a possible tumour, its diagnosis assumes significance. Usually, your doctor will conduct a physical examination to check extension of lymphade- nopathy.

Your doctor will ensure that Lymphadenopathy is not a result of any of your routine medications or infections. If you have a large, swollen area but you’re not feeling sick and you didn’t recently have a cold, flu, upper respiratory infection or skin infec- tion, you’ll need further tests, like complete blood count , peripheral smear examination and imaging scans or a biopsy. Never never believe on FNAC test which is an obsolete test now a days but still being advised by many doctors

How is Lymphadenopathy treated?

Swollen lymph nodes can occur in more than one location. If it focusses on only one location, then usually it may just run its course and shrink down. Howev- er, if it occurs in more than two locations, then it might lead to something more serious. Your doctors might put you on antibiotic drugs to commence the treatment, but don’t waste your time in taking these antibiotics if you don’t have any symptoms of infections . If it does not heal after a stipulated period of time ( not.more than 7 to 10days) then a more rigorous treatment plan is put into place. To understand more about Lymphadenopathy, visit us and meet our experts at The Haematology and BMT Institute.

MEET OUR DOCTOR

With a renowned experience of 15 years, Dr. SK Gupta’s time in the field is the backbone of the Institute. Having started out as a medical student he eventually sprouted to performing over 250 bone marrow transplants to those suffering from blood disorders.
But his expertise does not end here.

He is specialised in various other arrays including Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Aplastic Anemia, Thalassemia and Sickle cell diseases, Hemophagocytic syndromes and so on.

An ongoing struggle globally is treating patients on time and Dr. SK Gupta’s morale hits exactly that very spot! He has dealt with cases where adults have been affected by the same by following his principle of giving timely treatment.

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