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What causes swelling of lymph node in groin?

Hi my son has a swollen lymph node in his groin, first measured around 8cm s, the doctor put him on a broad spectrum anti-biotic and it has now reduced to 3cm s. He has had the lump for 3 weeks and it is very hard. He had other symptoms with it, headaches, nausea, could not eat and has lost quite a bit of weight, which could be the result of him not being able to eat. He has all over body skin itching but only for a day or so. The Dr looked over his whold body for any sign of insect bite or infected scratch but found nothing. The lump was painful to start with but is not any more. He is feeling much better after this course of anti-biotic, had an ultrasound yesterday and should get the result in 7 days. Of course my concern is that this may be lymphoma. My question is that is it a good sign that the node is reducing or does that not necessarily mean it couldn t be cancerous. I would be grateful for your advice. Thank you
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
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Hi.... even halfway through reading your question I too thought of lymphoma. But I was happy after you said the size of the lymph node has drastically come down and almost more than half has been reduced and he is feeling a lot better. I suggest this could be only a suppurative lymphadenitis. But if the kid continues to have fever, weight loss and loss of appetite, I suggest you take a call on further evaluating the kid for lymphoma. But as of now I do not see any reason for you to worry.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
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What causes swelling of lymph node in groin?

Hi.... even halfway through reading your question I too thought of lymphoma. But I was happy after you said the size of the lymph node has drastically come down and almost more than half has been reduced and he is feeling a lot better. I suggest this could be only a suppurative lymphadenitis. But if the kid continues to have fever, weight loss and loss of appetite, I suggest you take a call on further evaluating the kid for lymphoma. But as of now I do not see any reason for you to worry. Regards - Dr. Sumanth