How do other illnesses affect lymphadenopathy?

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Other illnesses often affect lymphadenopathy, or swollen lymph nodes. Your lymph nodes are part of your immune system, and they enlarge when you are fighting off simple viruses like colds. They also can swell when a person is battling a more serious infection, like strep throat, measles, or tuberculosis.

Lymphadenopathy can also occur if your immune system is battling a serious illness like the HIV virus, or leukemia, a cancer that affects the lymph system. Lymph nodes usually swell in the area of an infection, but may swell in several areas if you have a viral infection.

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