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Cervical Lymphadenopathy

  • Andrew M. Margileth
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Abstract

Enlarged lymph nodes are a common finding in children and adolescents. Lymphadenopathy in these age groups is defined as a nontender lymph node larger than 10 mm in most anatomic sites, with two exceptions: An epitrochlear node 5 mm or larger is considered abnormal, and an inguinal node 15 mm or smaller is likely to be normal. In healthy adults, inguinal nodes 0.5 cm to 2 cm in diameter frequently are normal. In all ages, cervical lymphadenopathy most often is a transient response to benign local or generalized infections, primarily of the upper respiratory tract and skin.

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