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Symptoms may vary depending on the type of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and where it develops in the body. Other health conditions can cause the same symptoms as childhood HL.
The most common symptom of most types of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma is swollen, or enlarged, lymph nodes in the neck or above the collar bone. Lymph nodes under the arms, in the groin, in the abdomen or in the pelvis may also be swollen. The swollen lymph nodes are usually painless.
Other symptoms of most types of childhood HL include:
Some of the symptoms of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma affect the whole body. These symptoms are called B, or generalized, symptoms. B symptoms include:
These B symptoms are usually linked with more widespread disease. Doctors will consider whether or not these B symptoms are present when they plan treatment.
Childhood HL can cause other signs and symptoms depending on where the tumours develop.
Childhood HL in the chest can cause:
Childhood HL in the abdomen can cause:
Childhood HL in the upper airway can cause sore throat and difficulty swallowing.
Childhood HL in the groin can cause swelling of the feet and legs.
Childhood HL in the bone marrow can cause:
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