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WHAT KIND OF A DOCTOR DEALS WITH LYMPH NODES. I HAVE HAD WHAT

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WHAT KIND OF A DOCTOR DEALS WITH LYMPH NODES. I HAVE HAD WHAT I BELIEVE IS A SWOLLEN LYMPH NODE IN MY ARM PIT FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND IT EFFECTS MUSCLES AND/OR NERVES AND THUS WALKING AND SWIMMING. DO I SEE A NEROLOGIST?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 6 years ago.
Hello
No
The best type of doctor to start with is probably a specialist in internal medicine, an internist in other words.
Internist are trained in all of the medical sub specialties,such as hematology [blood doctor]. So they would have a good initial assessment of a chronic node and could run blood tests and if need be they would refer you to a hematologist for node biopsy.
However, a CT scan or other imaging of the lump might be done first.
Also blood tests, including a CBC to see if your blood counts are OK.

Once the exact nature of what is there is defined, the internist can help you if you need a certain specialist in terms of referral and consultation.
Good luck
Let me know if you have further questions.

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Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 6 years ago.
Hello
Please realize that in the addition to the above information you could consider going straight to the hematologist; however, if this is not a node and something else, the internal medicine doctor is a better choice. Hematologists and many other other sub-specialists, cardiologist, GI doctor, kidney doctor, etc.....start out as internists.
Good luck again
let me know if you have further concerns

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