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What causes recurrent swollen lymph node?

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Posted on Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Question: For a little over a year now I have had recurrent swollen lymph node in the right side of my neck. No other symptoms, no fever, cough, etc. It occurs every 2-6wks approx. Last week it started again and this time has lasted longer than any previous incident, and starting yesterday I can feel a lot of pressure in my head and face; like being choked when the blood flow to the brain is impeded. I am a 34yr old female. With lots of autoimmune type symptoms, family hx of autoimmune disease but all tests in the past have always come back negative. I'm frustrated and a little scared now with the pressure in my face as this has never been this bad before. It started after a bout with illness that was suspected to be mono but monospot was negative. That was over a year ago. Have terrible fatigue but I always have had that. I'm very concerned that this lymph node is pressing on vein or artery and causing the facial pressure. If I bend over, I feel like tremendous increase in the pressure. Lymph node is painful too, every time it swells it is painful as though I have the flu but no other symptoms of illness.
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Answered by Dr. Alokkalyani (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
biopsy is the answer

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks for the query

I am Dr. Alok and very pleased to be assisting you with your health questions today.

if there is no other features, than I m not much worried about any serious thing. But still biopsy of enlarge lymph node will give a definitive diagnosis. You need to see a surgeon or ENT specialist for this.

Hope this helps and provides answers to your question.
If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to ask me again
I wish you good health, take care
--Dr. Alok
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What causes recurrent swollen lymph node?

Brief Answer: biopsy is the answer Detailed Answer: Hi and thanks for the query I am Dr. Alok and very pleased to be assisting you with your health questions today. if there is no other features, than I m not much worried about any serious thing. But still biopsy of enlarge lymph node will give a definitive diagnosis. You need to see a surgeon or ENT specialist for this. Hope this helps and provides answers to your question. If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to ask me again I wish you good health, take care --Dr. Alok