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Old 10-28-2003, 11:19 AM   #1
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Question Swollen lymph node above collarbone

I am 28yo, I have had terrible fatique for several years, Sometimes worse than others. I noticed a swollen lump above my left collarbone about 8 months ago. It was small so I ignored it and forgot about it. I noticed it again about 4 weeks ago and it is larger. i went to my doctor and he checked my urine, bloodwork- everything was clear. He did a breast and abdominal exam and recommended that I have a breast ultrasound. I had it done the next day and it was clear also. They also did an ultrasound on the lump and stated it was definately a lymph node. It measured 1.04cm X .45cm. I have recently developed an itching (unrelieved by scratching) on my chest, arms, armpits, and legs. I also have had some sweating at night. My doctor mentioned posiible lymphoma and I am seeing a general surgeon in 2 days for possible biopsy. I guess my question is are there any benign reasons that a lymph node in this area could swell? All I have read is that swollen lymph nodes in this area are consistently cancerous.

Sorry it is so long and thanks for any replys!!

 
Old 10-28-2003, 02:23 PM   #2
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Jenny,
I had similar circumstances with a lymph node in my groin a few weeks ago. My bloodwork was fine, chest X-Rays were fine. I was fatigued, and still am, had a bit of night sweats, like you do. My doctor said that lymph nodes that are enlarged are normally the result of a virus or an infection. I was prescribed antibiotics, which didn't work. To make sure it wasn't lymphoma, he referred me to a surgeon, who surgically biopsied the lymph node. It turned out to be a reactive lymph node, which basically means that it's enlarged, and that it's nothing. Enlarged lymph nodes are normally not cancer, but since there is a chance of lymphoma, to be cautious, a biopsy is often recommended. Hope this helps.

 
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