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What is lymphadenopathy?

Lymphadenopathy means swelling of the lymph nodes. Your doctor can feel the nodes when you are examined. The most common cause of lymphadenopathy is infection. For example, the lymph nodes in the neck often become swollen when you have a sore throat. Lympadenopathy can also be caused by cancer or lymphoma cells making the lymph nodes get bigger. If you have lymphadenopathy you should ask your doctor what they think is causing it.

There is a network of lymph nodes all over the body, with quite complex medical terms used to describe where they are. There are too many of these for us to list them all here. So, if your doctor uses a term that you don't understand, do ask them to explain and if possible, show you on a diagram the area they are talking about. 

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Updated: 8 August 2014