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Understanding Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma -- Symptoms

Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma may include:

  • Painless swelling of one or more lymph nodes, with no recent infection. Swelling may be intermittent.
  • Swelling, fluid accumulation, or pain in the abdomen.
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing, or coughing.
  • Bloody stool or vomit.
  • Swelling of the face, neck, and arms.
  • Blockage of urine flow.
  • Bone pain.
  • Unexplained weight loss amounting to 10% of body weight over six months.
  • Fever lasting for at least 14 consecutive days, usually in the late afternoon and early evening, and rarely above 102 degrees.
  • Headache.
  • Seizures.
  • Visual problems.
  • Mental status changes.
  • Numbness on areas of the face.
  • Balance problems.
  • Night sweats and chills lasting at least 14 consecutive days.
  • Severe itching of the skin.
  • Fatigue.
  • Weakness.

The symptoms of fever, heavy night sweats, and weight loss are known as "B" symptoms. They are most often associated with more aggressive disease. 

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Understanding Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma -- Diagnosis & Treatment

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is diagnosed by a tissue biopsy. If there is an enlarged, painless lymph node, without of an infection, a biopsy will be needed.  To perform a lymph node biopsy a doctor will cut into the lymph node to remove a sample of tissue or remove the entire lymph node. If the biopsy shows non-Hodgkin lymphoma, further testing will be needed to determine the specific type  as well as to determine the stage of disease. Depending on your specific symptoms, the type of the lymphoma, its...

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Call Your Doctor If:

  • You notice a swollen, painless lymph node.
  • You have unexplained abdominal pain or swelling.
  • You develop an unexplained cough, shortness of breath, or wheezing.
  • You develop swelling of the face, neck, or arms.
  • You have unintended weight loss, fever, severe fatigue, or soaking night sweats lasting more than two weeks.
  • You have unexplainable, severe itching of your skin.
  • You have changes in mental activity.

 

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on April 28, 2014

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