Our integrated and multidisciplinary approach to care offers a streamlined and comprehensive evaluation for each child with swollen lymph nodes. Within the Node Assessment Program, physicians and surgeons specializing in lymphadenopathy examine each case that is called or referred into the clinic, treating the child collectively and consulting with a team of otolaryngologists, radiologists, pathologists, infectious disease specialists, hematologist /oncologists and other experts.
Insights from family, such as how long a child has had swollen glands and any related illnesses, are obtained. Each patient is examined, and lab tests and X-rays may be performed to help diagnose the cause of the swollen lymph nodes. Often patients are seen for follow up visits for diagnostic and evaluation purposes.
Lymph nodes are small clusters of cells, known as lymphocytes, which filter and circulate essential fluid throughout the body. As an essential part of the immune system, white blood cells within the lymph nodes help fight infection; lymphadenopathy occurs most often when viruses (such as the flu, a sore throat, or the common cold) or bacterial infections cause lymph nodes to swell or enlarge. Signs of lymphadenopathy include enlarged nodules that may be painless or may be tender.
Swollen lymph nodes (or swollen “glands”) are very common in children, of all ages, and the treatment is often observation after initial screening, laboratory and radiologic imaging studies. Our experts recommend that parents whose children present with persistent swelling and/or redness in their lymph node area for several weeks have them examined at the Node Assessment Program’s clinic.
To request an appointment at the Node Assessment Program, call 855-345-6633 (NODE) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Each new case will be immediately assessed and triaged to determine its urgency. Appointments will be scheduled by the end of the business day.
Materials may be sent to:
Node Assessment Program
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
450 Brookline Avenue - D3-122
Boston, MA 02215
Rachael Grace, MD, MMSc
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Catherine S. Lachenauer, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Karen Watters, MD, MPH
Department of Otolaryngology
Christopher Weldon, MD, PhD
Department of Surgery