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Old 12-02-2004, 10:52 AM   #1
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reactive lymphnode?

Just what are reactive lymphnodes? I had a groin node that had grown over the years biopsied and the result was that it was reactive. I had a giant cell tumor{benign} in that leg earlier and the thought was infection of my prosthesis. The dr never really explained the term and I live 2000 miles away so it was kind of hard to pin him down for an answer.
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Old 12-02-2004, 04:22 PM   #2
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Re: reactive lymphnode?

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Just what are reactive lymphnodes? I had a groin node that had grown over the years biopsied and the result was that it was reactive. I had a giant cell tumor{benign} in that leg earlier and the thought was infection of my prosthesis. The dr never really explained the term and I live 2000 miles away so it was kind of hard to pin him down for an answer.
Thanks
A reactive lymph node is a description of the lymph nodes actual function. The lymph nodes all over the body are designed to drain virus and bacterial threats to the body into the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes capture the offending material and surround it to isolate it from the body. When the offending material is tremendous, it will cause the lymph node to swell which is a reaction. If the lymph system is healthy the lymph system will adjust and as the bacteria is dissolved the swelling node will go back to normal. If the node does not return to complete normal, it is sometimes discovered by a person who goes to the doctor to have it checked and biopsied. If the node is cancerous, then this will show up in the biopsy report, if it is merely doing its job to remove threats to the body it is called a reactive node. Some nodes are benign, meaning some type of tumor was attempting to form but the immune system defeated the cancerous cells. The main thing is that if the diagnosis is reactive node. This is good news.

 
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Old 12-02-2004, 05:45 PM   #3
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Re: reactive lymphnode?

Thanks, that is good news for me as I have had enough tumors already! Going thru thyroid nodule biopsy stuff now.
Bonnie

 
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