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Why would I have an enlarged lymph node in my breast?

By Anonymous April 16, 2009 - 6:21am
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I am a 30 y.o. female with no family history of breast cancer. I found a lump in my right breast a short while ago. Over the next few weeks I had 2 sets of mammograms and an ultrasound done. I called my gyn daily to get the results of the tests, and when they finally came in the FNP returned my call. She stated that it was benign, and when I questioned her further she said it was an enlarged lymph node. Not being a pushy person, and I didn't really have any questions prepared for this scenario I let it go and hung up. Now I can't find any info online for why I would have an enlarged lymph node in my breast. From what I'm finding it must not be a common place, because I have yet to find anything.

So, my question is...Is this something that should be further tested? It is still the same size as when I found it about a month and a half ago. The only other symptom I am having is that occasionally my breast will ache slightly. It's usually only for a few seconds and it quits. It occurs maybe 1-2 times a day.

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Enlarged axillary lymph nodes can be a symptom of a serious medical condition, including breast cancer. If you, or a loved one, notice swelling and/or feel a solid mass in the armpit area please contact a medical professional.

April 5, 2018 - 2:08am
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Im 26 years old. I went to the physician's yesterday, (Friday). I been having pain in both breast, so bad that i can barely put on a bra. She felt around and said my lymph nodes were very swollen in both breasts. Because I'm young, she is sending me for a diagnostic mammogram on Tuesday. Should i be concerned? I have been really nervous considering breast cancer runs in both sides of my family.

October 21, 2017 - 3:52am
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I have had a swollen lymph node in my breast for a year and a half last year after my mammogram and ultrasound they said not to worry they did the same tests a couple days ago now i am schedule for a biopsy the dr said she is very concerned because there is something behind lymp node but she doesnt know what only that it has grown sinse last year. She said there was a lot of shadowing and if it was liquid filled it should show on ultrasound . little on the worried side.

June 1, 2017 - 6:43am
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My doctor ordered a mammogram a few days later the doctors office called & said something showed up & i needed a ultrasound for further imagery, i just had the ultrasound done & the ultrasound operator said i had 3 areas of concern during the ultrasound & that my doctors office said my mammogram showed cyst or enlarged lymph nodes.
I should hear from my doctors office in a few days on the ultrasound results.
Feeling anxious & concerned.

April 28, 2017 - 5:27pm
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I had an IV blow out and fluids leaked into arm and breast. Breast pain, numbness, and no nipple reaction anymore. MRI shows lymph node swelling? This happened in March. Any suggestions

October 22, 2016 - 4:23am
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Hi there. I had a mammo and ultrasound back in 2010 and they found an enlarged lymph node as well. I had a biopsy done and it turns out I have Multicentric Castlemans Disease which is an auto immune disorder of the lymph nodes that mimics lymphoma. I have had three surgeries to removed nodes, chemo, and a year on Thalidomide. I have been in remission but have new lumps in the past month and have to get tested again. Castlemans is a RARE and fairly unknown disease. Usually it is not caught because it will turn into lymphoma if not addressed. I would ask to have a biopsy done. Good luck!

July 9, 2016 - 6:57am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Yesturday my told me i had swollen glands in my breast but have no lumps she told me to moistrise twice daily and go back to see her in ten days if no improvement, I don't have periods anymore no womb but have cervice and tubes

October 14, 2016 - 4:17am
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I am 37 years old. No history of breast cancer in my family. I recently had a mammogram and and ultra sound- I thought I had some dimpling of the skin on the outside of my breasts. The Dr said it was cellulite, no dimpling but ordered the tests anyways. I have been told that I have a benign lymph node of the right breast and to follow up in 3 months.
I was sick last month with a cold for 3-4 weeks. Last Saturday I banged my right elbow pretty hard as well.
At this point I am concerned. Should I be doing something else or be seen sooner than 3 months.

March 18, 2016 - 10:14am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi everyone,
I'm the original poster. I had my follow up appointment about 1 1/2 months ago. When I asked the Dr about the follow up mammogram she said that my swollen node was barely swollen and didn't warrant a repeat mammogram. She said anything from getting a scratch on your arm to being under the weather can make the nodes swell. I have a follow up ultra sound Tuesday just to be on the safe side and for good measure. I am still worried and I will be sure to follow up here.

October 16, 2016 - 12:24am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Being ill with a cold and banging your right elbow should have no impact on the benign lymph node. I think you can wait for the three month follow-up.

However, should you notice enlargement of that lymph node or experience any pain, do not hesitate to contact your physician.


March 21, 2016 - 9:08am
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