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Multiple pea sized lumps in armpit. History of hcv genotype 2 contraction in the recent past. Related?

Hi i contracted hcv genotype 2 through a severe needle stick injury at work in may this year yes i am a nurse... 1month post ns injury my hcv viral load came in at just under 12 million... ALT 0000. However in the last 6weeks i have returned 2 no virus detected tests and LFT S are back within normal range WooHoo! In the last week i have found multiple pea size lumps in my L) armpit. I consulted my GP and i have started a course of flucloxacillin . there has been no change in size or numbers of lumps as yet... Could the two be linked?
Asked On : Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,

Hepatitis C virus is a hepatotrophic virus.
It is unlikely to cause swellings or lumps in the armpits.
Armpit contains group of axillary lymph nodes.
These lymph nodes are enlarged in infections, reactive inflammatory conditions, and malignancies.
Infections and inflammations is the most common cause thus you are prescribed antibiotic (flucloxacillin).
However, if the swelling is not regressing, you need to get an aspiration cytology done.
In this investigation, the cells from the swelling are aspirated with the help of a fine needle.
These cells are sampled, stained, and examined under a microscope.
The nature of the lesion can be determined by this investigation.
Consult your doctor for investigation and further work up.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Mon, 5 Aug 2013
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