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Understanding Hodgkin Lymphoma -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Hodgkin Lymphoma?

Symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma may include:

  • Painless swelling of one or more lymph nodes, without a recent infection.
  • Symptoms stemming from pressure of swollen lymph nodes on nearby organs or structures. They may include a cough, shortness of breath, abdominal pain or swelling, a Horner's syndrome (a neurological problem affecting the face and eyes, due to damage to nerves in the neck), nerve pain, and leg swelling.
  • Fever, either persistent or alternating with periods of normal temperatures, for 14 consecutive days or longer. These fevers usually occur twice daily, usually in the late afternoon and early evening, and rarely are greater than 102 degrees Farenheit.
  • Pain in lymph nodes or abdomen after drinking alcohol.
  • Drenching night sweats and/or chills lasting for 14 consecutive days or longer.
  • Unintentional weight loss (more than 10% over six months).
  • Bone pain.
  • Increased susceptibility to infections.
  • Total body itching.

The symptoms of fever, chills, night sweats, and weight loss, occur in 30% of people with Hodgkin lymphoma, usually older adults. These symptoms are usually associated with a more advanced, and more aggressive, disease, with a poorer prognosis.

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Call Your Doctor About Hodgkin Lymphoma If:

  •  You notice one or more painless, swollen lymph nodes and you have not had a recent infection
  • You develop an unexplained fever, either persistent or interspersed with periods of normal temperature, lasting at least two weeks
  • You regularly awaken at night drenched in sweat, for at least 14 consecutive days
  • You begin to lose weight unintentionally
  • You have unexplained abdominal pain or swelling
  • You develop an unexplained cough, shortness of breath, or wheezing
  • You have unexplainable, severe itching of your skin
  • You begin to contract more frequent infections

 

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Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on March 13, 2014

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