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What evaluation is best for an isolated, enlarged cervical lymph node?

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Title: What evaluation is best for an isolated, enlarged cervical lymph node?
Author: Marjorie, Kristen; Lerberg, Green; Stiles, Melissa M.; Johnson, Stephen
Keywords: inflammatory symptoms
antibiotics
biopsy
malignancy
Date: 2007-02
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 56(2) 2007: 147-148.
Abstract: The evaluation and follow-up of an isolated, enlarged cervical lymph node is determined by the presence of inflammation, duration, size, and associated symptoms. For patients with inflammatory symptoms (ie, fever, pain, erythema, and recent infection), a single course of broad-spectrum antibiotic and reassessment in 1 to 2 weeks is reasonable (strength of recommendation [SOR]: C, expert opinion). If lymph node enlargement persists despite antibiotics, yet an infectious or inflammatory cause is still suspected, further evaluation may include a PPD skin test and chest radiograph1 (SOR: C, expert opinion).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/3642

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