Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause Anatomy

Armpit Swelling Overview

Another name for Armpit Swelling is Axillary Lymphadenopathy.

What is axillary lymphadenopathy?
A person with axillary lymphadenopathy has enlargement of the lymph nodes in the armpit. When the lymph glands become painful and tender, the condition is referred to as axillary lymphadenitis.

What are the symptoms of axillary lymphadenopathy?
Common symptoms of axillary lymphadenopathy include painless swollen lymph glands under the arm. When the lymph glands become painful or tender, the condition is referred to as axillary lymphadenitis.

How does the doctor treat axillary lymphadenopathy?
Treatment for axillary lymphadenopathy depends on the underlying cause for the swelling. Unless the swollen glands become painful or tender, no specific intervention may be necessary.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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