Can lymphadenopathy be life threatening?

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Lymphadenopathy can be life-threatening if your lymph nodes become infected and are not treated. If an abscess forms and is not drained or treated with antibiotics, it could damage a major organ in your body. An abscess is a small infected mass containing pus. Sepsis is another complication that could be life threatening. Sepsis occurs when an infection overtakes the bloodstream and causes organs to fail. Sepsis requires intravenous antibiotics and hospitalization.

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