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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Symptoms and Early Signs

Non-Hogkin's Lymphoma may present with any one or more of the following symptoms. Sometimes there may be no symptoms, and sometimes other disease conditions may cause similar symptoms. Therefore, further investigations may be required to confirm the diagnosis.

Following are some common Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma sign and symptoms:

  • Painless swelling of lymph nodes especially those in the neck, under the arm, or in the groin. Often these lymph nodes appear as a lump under the skin which gets bigger over time.
  • Enlarged spleen and/or liver.
  • B Symptoms: Unexplained weight loss, Fever (>38 degree Celsius), and night sweats occur in many patients with NHL.
  • Fatigue and weakness attributable to anemia, other anemia-related symptoms may include shortness of breath and dizziness.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Cough or chest pain mainly due to swollen lymph nodes in the chest pressing on the trachea.
  • Swelling in abdomen.
  • Headache, weakness, confusion, mood changes, and seizures may appear when lymphoma affects the brain.
  • Itching and other skin involvement signs may be visible in some NHL types mainly involving skin.

Besides above listed common symptoms, other symptoms may appear depending upon the type of NHL and site of disease.

Any one or more of the above symptoms if present may require further investigations.

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