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A Typical HIV-related lymph node enlargement looks like what?

Can you describe a typical HIV-related lymph node enlargement? Size, surface or deep under the skin, tender/painful or only sensitive to the touch, hard and fixed or soft and slightly moving/floating, sudden appearance or gradual growth, quick disappearance or lingering for months?
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replied March 29th, 2011
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum.

One of the more common symptoms associated with HIV is lymphadenopathy, a swelling of the lymph nodes of the arm pits (axilla), groins, neck, chest, and abdomen.

Most viral infections can cause generalized swelling of lymph nodes all over the body, such as the case in HIV infections. This enlargement is due to proliferation of lymphocytes within the lymph nodes needed to fight the viral infection.

This is a normal immune response of the body, and not exactly a effect of HIV infection.

Such lymph node enlargement, in response to any viral infection will be generalized all over the body, and most of the time painless, moderately sized, soft, slightly mobile (Not fixed), and usually appear over a period of 1 - 2 weeks, and last for a few months.

I hope this helps.



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replied June 23rd, 2016
Thank you for this answer! What if you have two fixed nodes under each ear? Besides that you have one mobile under this fixed on the right side that moves when you press on it, and you have smaller ones (maybe they are fine and i feel them because i am thin, i dont know)
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