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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.

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Updated: 20 June 2013