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Old 07-18-2012, 06:17 AM   #1
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Difference between swollen lymph node and cyst

What Is the differnce between a swollen lymph node and a cyst under the arm pit? A swollen lymph node wouldn't be able to bust right?

 
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Re: Difference between swollen lymph node and cyst

A lymph node is there all the time, and is still a lymph node when it is swollen. A cyst is an encapsulated local collection of fluid or sebum (sebaceous cyst). A cyst can be drained or emptied, but a swollen node can not unless it is badly infected and forms an abcess. Then it would be extremely painful and in urgent need of medical attention. Cysts are usually not particularly painful, but can be tenderto the touch. Sera

 
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Re: Difference between swollen lymph node and cyst

A lymph node is a solid structure that should be there, but shouldn't be enlarged or painful. A cyst is a fluid filled mass that shouldn't be there at all but commonly occur. The two things can be differentiated by ultrasound, and are worked up and treated very differently.

 
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