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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
Swollen Submandibular Gland or Lymph Nodes
What are some common causes of swollen submandibular glands and or lymph nodes? I am 39 yrs old and have had swollen, firm knot under my jaw (left side) for +/- 8 yrs. Knot is about 1.5-2CM. Right side knot is smaller >1CM. Thanks for your input.
A "knot" under the jaw may just be your submandibular gland. It is not uncommon to feel a difference between the two sides as one can become more prominent as we age. A thorough head and neck examination by an ENT and possibly an ultrasound of the neck could give the answer.
Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati