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Chronic enlarged lymph nodes

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I have chronic generalized lymph node pain without swelling nor any other symptoms. I've had this condition for 30 years. The pain is especially bad in the sub-mandibular, groin, armpit, and chest areas. All blood tests & scans negative. What might cause such a condition? What tests might be appropriate? What specialty of physician should I consult? Any suggestions would be much appreaciated!

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replied December 29th, 2009
Lymphoma Answer A8750
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help.

You would like to know the cause of chronic enlarged lymph nodes.

Enlarged lymph nodes may appear in one of the following conditions: chronic infection, abscess, leukemia, lymphoma and metastasis of different types of cancer. Usually during infections and abscess pain may appear as an additional symptom.

Given the symptoms that you described, you may or may not have any of the conditions listed above. You may consider seeing a specialist for infective diseases for further diagnosis. You may see a hematologist to rule out or confirm leukemia and lymphoma. You might want to have a biopsy of your lymph nodes to rule out or confirm metastasis.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as a specialist for infective diseases and a hematologist for further information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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