Lymphadenopathy is swelling of the lymph nodes in the body, usually over 1 cm in size. The causes of enlarged lymph nodes vary from infections, tumors, inflammatory or autoimmune diseases to drugs. As a result, treatment will also differ depending on the original cause. Consulting a doctor is recommended to find the underlying cause and proper treatment.
Enlarged lymph nodes appear with an infection which may be harmless but can also happen with malignant tumors and autoimmune diseases. Lymph node swelling is usually a secondary phenomenon as a reaction of the immune system to an abnormal process in the body.
A lymph node is a small, round or bean-shaped cluster of cells covered by a capsule of connective tissue and is part of our immune system. It contains lymphocytes and macrophages. The causes of lymphadenopathy (enlargement of lymph nodes) include: 1) a bacterial infection such as wound or skin infections or even tuberculosis, 2) a viral infection such as HIV, kissing disease or rubella, 3) medication such as anti-seizure drugs, 4) vaccine allergies, 5) certain cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia and 6) auto-immune or inflammatory diseases that irritate the lymph nodes such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. People with lymphadenopathy may have symptoms such as a painful or painless lump under the skin, rash, weight loss, enlarged spleen, fever or night sweats. Swelling of lymph nodes is usually noticed in certain areas of the body, such as the neck, under the chin, in the armpits and groin.
The treatment of lymphadenopathy will depend on the cause. It is important to consult a doctor if the affected person notices any swelling around his neck, armpits and groin. Most often it may be caused by a benign viral infection but it is vital to exclude any malignant causes such as a tumor.
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