Good morning. Late last week my wife discovered a swollen around the neck muscle/nerve between the neck and ear of our three week old son. It is very hard but painless and u hardly notice it if the boy faces you except you tilt his head back right/side. We went to The Clinic: CBC and Malaria smear lab tests were conducted but nothing was found except malaria. The Dr prescribed some medication from three to seven days and said if the swollen remain we check back but we should visit for monitoring on Sunday. It is still there and I want to ask if anyone has had an experience on a thing like this in their infant?
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replied May 4th, 2017


Based on the description it is possible that the lump you have described could be a enlarged lymph node

Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, where white blood cells (lymphocytes) mature and ‎‎‎undergo clonal multiplication. The lymphocytes are important for fighting the infection and clearing the ‎‎‎viruses and bacteria from the body. Hence during any inflammation or infection it is common for the lymph nodes to ‎‎‎increase in size and also become a bit tender (pain on application of pressure). ‎

In occasional cases, it is common for some nodes to be continuously active and hence appear enlarged permanently.




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