Reactive lymphadenopathy

What is Reactive lymphadenopathy?

Lymphadenopathy or lymphadenitis refers to lymph nodes which are abnormal in size, number or consistency and is often used as a synonym for swollen or enlarged lymph nodes. Common causes of lymphadenopathy are infection, autoimmune disease, or malignancy.

Inflammation as a cause of lymph node enlargement is known as lymphadenitis. In practice, the distinction between lymphadenopathy and lymphadenitis is rarely made. Inflammation of the lymphatic vessels is also known as lymphangitis. Infectious lymphadenitides affecting lymph nodes in the neck are often called scrofula.

The term comes from the word lymph and a combination of the Greek words , adenas ("gland") and , patheia ("act of suffering" or "disease").

Due to its peculiar high incidence, the presence of lymphadenopathy is a particularly important sign on the diagnosis of HIV or even, untreated later stages of the infection, AIDS.

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I am having a course of post exposure rabies vaccines. After the 2nd shot i woke up with slight muscle and joint pains in my chest muscles and...

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Rabies vaccination can rarely cause muscle pain and joint pain, but these are not serious side effects. You...

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My Scalp is itchy and I have knots in the back of my head especially behind my ears. I went to Dr last week and he prescribed me an anitbotic but...

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What you are having is known as reactive lymphadenopathy. The lymph nodes have enlarged due to scalp pathology. So...

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I have three lymp nodes under the brest plate swolleln. Bronc. showed no cancer , had pet scan and metabolic activity in chest area. Lungs clear,...

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An injury to the ribs is not likely to cause a swelling of the lymph nodes within an hour. If it is an old injury...

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