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I have benign appearing axial lymph nodes, that were seen on a cervical spine/chest scan. I want to know what would be the next step to confirm they are benign?

I also have a large painful calcified lymph node under my left jawbone that has been getting larger and 3 kinds of various tracheal calcified lymph nodes. The one under my jaw can be felt from inside my mouth on the left side under my tongue and when I drink a glass of wine it hurts. What can be done about this one? Sometimes I feel "electric shocks" sensations in this area. Sometimes my throat feels compressed and affects my swallowing. Could it be from those nodes? id like to find out what can be done about these?

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replied March 1st, 2016
Womens Conditions Answer A56134
Hi! Thanks for your query on eHealth Forum!

Neck and jaw lymph nodes can be the result of tonsillitis, pharyngitis (infection of upper throat), infection in mouth, caries in tooth, internal ear infection, outer ear infection, eczema, dermatitis, dandruff, breast cancer, fungal infection, other cancers like lymphoma etc. If you had flu like symptoms initially then it could be due to infectious mononucleosis too. Other lumps in neck could be a lipoma, neurofibroma (collection of nerve and fibrous tissue), a ganglion or a cyst. Yes, compression can be due to enlarging lymph nodes.

Axillary lymph nodes can be due to infection, tuberculosis, lymphoma and breast cancer. They can be an incidental finding due to a past fungal infection in axilla.

An ultrasound or a biopsy would be diagnostic. Please discuss this with your doctor. Hope this helps! Take care!

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