Swollen Lymph Nodes, Is It A Tumor?

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My sumandibular gland is swollen. Should I remove it? And is it a tumor category or not?

1 Answer:

Hello Robbi, Thank you for the question.

Lymph nodes are part of the body's defense system. When the body has an infection, either a viral or bacterial infection, the lymph nodes will swell and may be accompanied by pain. Infections in the body that can cause swollen lymph nodes, such as flu, colds, throat infections, tonsillitis, tooth infections, ear infections, and cellulitis. The swollen lymph nodes caused by this infection will usually heal (return to their original size) when your infection clears. In this case the lymph nodes are not removed. In addition, swollen lymph nodes can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, tuberculosis, HIV, cancer, and others.

Tumors are abnormal growths of a body tissue that can consist of benign growths (benign tumors) or malignant growths, which can spread to surrounding tissues or other organs (malignant or cancerous tumors). Lymph nodes are removed if the cause is cancer.

Please check with your doctor first to determine the cause of the lump under the jaw. Your doctor will ask you more about the complaints you are experiencing and examine you. In addition, the doctor will carry out further tests such as blood tests, ultrasound, or biopsy (taking tissue from this lump to be examined in the laboratory) to determine the cause. After knowing the cause, the doctor will determine the right treatment for your condition.

Please keep your health by consuming nutritious food, drinking water, resting regularly, exercising regularly, avoiding smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages.

Hope this information is useful.

Dr. Aloisia

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