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Enlarged Lymph Node

Hello,I went in for a ultrasound on a enlarged lymph node on the right side groin area one node is 2.5 by 1.6 cm's all others are normal.

Blood work as follow's (I will only put the elevated or abnormal numbers)

Creatinine - range 0.5-1.4 mine is 1.5
HDL Cholesterol range >40 mine is 35L
RBC range 4.20-5.50 mine is 5.90
Hematocrit is 37.5-50.7 mine is 51.3

Everything else is perfectly normal.

I am having back pain on my left side over kidney area back side,also some headache and lower ab discomfort above pubic area,I have had lots of tests in the past with no conclusive answers (ct scans etc.),my health seems spotty some days feel good others like today don't feel so hot,my doc called with the results of the ultrasound and said we now have a bench mark to go off from as far as the measurements and we could monitor it or talk to a surgeon and have it removed and tested,he really doesnt mention just having it biopsied,he is talking removal of the one big one only,he also went on to say something about a reaction or active after removal?don't understand that?

Obviuosly I am very concerned and not sure if I want to remove it or what to do?could a kidney infection cause something like this?
what are some reccomendations from you at this point? any advice helpfull not sure what to do or if I should go and get another opionion from more doctors?

I am 42 white male 215 pds.

Thank you for your reply.
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If you are not comfortable with the current course of treatment, I would always recommend a second opinion.

Infection is the most common cause of an enlarged groin lymph node.  I would check a urinalysis as well as consider a prostate exam to exclude GU infections.  If the tests are non-revealing, you can consider removing the node or biopsying it.

Regarding the lab values, the creatinine is slightly high.  This can indicate some kind of kidney disease.  In connection with the elevated HCT level, I would consider a erythropoetin level to further evaluate this - some kidney diseases (i.e. a mass) can raise the HCT level.  A kidney ultrasound can be considered to evaluate for any mass.

Regarding the low HDL ("good cholesterol") - lifestyle changes such as increasing exercise and losing weight will help.  You can consider a referral to a dietician to further evaluate this.  

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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