Enlarged Or Swollen Glands And Stiff Neck

Reviewed on 6/15/2020

The combination of enlarged lymph nodes and stiff neck suggests an infection with mononucleosis, strep throat, a viral illness, or an oral or tonsillar abscess. If it is accompanied by a stiff neck, it may reflect a tender lymphadenopathy from the above infections. Or if there is real neck stiffness and person is sick, it could be due to spread of the infection into the spinal cord or brain (meningitis). This requires an ER visit.

While the list below can be considered as a guide to educate yourself about these conditions, this is not a substitute for a diagnosis from a health care provider. There are many other medical conditions that also can be associated with your symptoms and signs. Here are a number of those from MedicineNet:

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