Is lymphadenopathy serious?

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Lymphadenopathy, or swollen lymph nodes, is not usually serious. Lymph glands are part of your body's immune system. When they swell, it's often a sign that they are fighting a bacterial or viral infection. Swollen lymph nodes usually clear up within a few weeks, but sometimes they can become infected (a condition called lymphadenitis). If that happens, your physician will probably prescribe an antibiotic. Serious complications can occur if a lymph node infection is not treated and spreads. Lymphadenopathy can also be a sign of serious conditions like lupus or cancer.

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