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What are the main lymph structures in the neck?

The neck has four groups of lymph nodes: anterior cervical, posterior cervical, tonsillar, and submental. These may become larger when you are sick. Your doctor may examine them if she thinks you are ill or have an infection.

(This answer provided for NATA by the University of Alabama Athletic Training Education Program.)

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