Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Swollen Glands (generalized) Evaluation

The evaluation of lymph gland swelling begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in lymph gland swelling may include:

Severe infections of the lymphatic system may cause inflammation of the lymph channels under the skin, called lymphangitis. Lymphangitis causes red streaks to form in the skin.

Examples include:

Testing may be necessary to determine the cause for lymph gland swelling.

Tests that may be used to evaluate lymph gland swelling include:

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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