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What Causes Swollen Lymph Nodes In Neck Post Thyroidectomy?

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Posted on Wed, 1 Jun 2016
Question: Friday I had XXXXXXX for follicular thyroid cancer. had a thyroidectomy several weeks before that. AFTER The XXXXXXX my neck and lymph nodes are swollen. Does this mean there is remains of cancer in the lymph nodes? WHy are my lymph nodes and neck swollen?
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Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
this can be side effect of XXXXXXX therapy

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for following up.

Swelling of neck and lymph glands after XXXXXXX suggest inflammation of neck glands due to uptake of radioidoine in those glands. This should subside in few days. Symptomatic treatment like analgesics are usually enough.

This has got nothing to do with cancer in the nodes. This can occur even without any cancer cells in the glands. This is a type of hypersensitivity reaction (loosely, allergy).

Hope this helps.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Indranil Ghosh (1 hour later)
Thank you. No matter what, I always want an honest answer. That is always best. I appreciate you answering my question.
Thank you again.
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Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
sure

Detailed Answer:
you are welcome
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What Causes Swollen Lymph Nodes In Neck Post Thyroidectomy?

Brief Answer: this can be side effect of XXXXXXX therapy Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for following up. Swelling of neck and lymph glands after XXXXXXX suggest inflammation of neck glands due to uptake of radioidoine in those glands. This should subside in few days. Symptomatic treatment like analgesics are usually enough. This has got nothing to do with cancer in the nodes. This can occur even without any cancer cells in the glands. This is a type of hypersensitivity reaction (loosely, allergy). Hope this helps. Regards