Lymphadenopathy

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lymphadenopathy refers to lymph nodes which are abnormal in size, number or consistency and is often used as to describe the condition of swollen or enlarged lymph nodes. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about lymphadenopathy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

More than 600 lymph nodes help prevent the spread of toxins and infection in the body. Lymph nodes may be found singly or in groups, and they may be as small as the head of a pin or as large as an olive.

Lymphadenopathy is the term used to describe lymph nodes that become enlarged. These enlarged lymph nodes can be felt in the neck, under the armpits and in the groin area. The most common cause of enlarged lymph nodes is infection in the part of the body drained by these nodes. This is a normal body response to fight infection.

Other causes of enlarged lymph nodes include:

Cancer that has spread from the part of the body drained by the node

Primary cancer in the lymph node

Certain medications, and

Viral infections like mumps or mononucleosis

Enlarged lymph nodes in multiple places in the body, or localized enlarged lymph nodes that last longer than two weeks, should be investigated by your physician.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.