Does lymphadenopathy affect children differently than adults?

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Nearly all children will get lymphadenopathy, or swollen lymph nodes, as they are exposed to various viruses throughout childhood. It is usually considered a symptom of another condition rather than a disease itself. You can usually feel the lymph nodes under the skin of children as small lumps, but if they suddenly enlarge, contact your doctor. Treatment for lymphadenopathy depends on the cause of the swelling, how old the child is, their general health, and how the child tolerates certain types of treatment and medications.

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