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Cervical Lymphadenitis Overview

What is cervical lymphadenitis?
A person with cervical lymphadenitis has inflammation of the lymph nodes in the neck, usually caused by an infection. Lymph nodes produce white blood cells that fight infection. Cervical lymphadenitis commonly occurs with infections of the mouth, throat, tonsils, or ears.

What are the symptoms of cervical lymphadenitis?
Symptoms of cervical lymphadenitis include swollen and tender nodes in the neck. Other symptoms may include sore throat and difficulty swallowing.

How does the doctor treat cervical lymphadenitis?
Treatment for cervical lymphadenitis includes warm compresses, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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