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The first symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma is usually a swelling in the neck, armpit or groin. The swellings are usually painless, but some people may find that they ache.
Other symptoms may include any of the following:
The most common symptoms are high temperatures, drenching night sweats and weight loss. These are known as B symptoms. Other symptoms will depend on where in the body the enlarged lymph nodes are.
A few people with Hodgkin lymphoma have abnormal cells in their bone marrow when they are diagnosed. This can lower the number of healthy blood cells in the blood. Low numbers of healthy blood cells can cause the following symptoms:
Very rarely, people with Hodgkin lymphoma may have pain in the affected lymph node when drinking alcohol.
If you or your child have any of the above symptoms, it’s important to have them checked by your GP. But remember, they are common to many other conditions and most people with these symptoms will not have Hodgkin lymphoma.
Content last reviewed: 1 December 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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