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Cervical Adenopathy

What is cervical adenopathy?

The cervical lymph nodes in the neck filter the fluid responsible for transporting a type of white blood cell through the lymphatic system. Cervical lymph nodes are important because they help to fight infection. However, sometimes lymph nodes can swell as a reaction to infection, injury, or cancer. This swelling is called lymphadenopathy and is typically non-threatening as a result of an ear infection, cold, or strep throat. 

When should I see a doctor for cervical adenopathy?

If the lymph nodes in your neck continue to feel tender and you have a fever or experience weight loss, you should make an appointment at Hinckley ENT to see one of our doctors for diagnosis and treatment. Some treatment types include the use of antibiotics, antivirals, rest, and anti-inflammatory drugs.