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Location of lymph nodes in the human body

Updated April 17, 2017

Lymph nodes are a part of the lymphatic system; they are glands that produce a substance called lymph. This substance moves throughout the body via lymphatic vessels, removing impurities from the body and fighting infections. Some lymph nodes are easily felt with your fingers.

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Swollen Glands

Swollen lymph nodes are a sign of infection.


Lymph nodes are located in a series along the front, sides and back of the neck.

Jaw and Chin

Lymph nodes are also located under the jaw and chin.

Behind Ears

Lymph nodes can be felt behind the ears.

Back of Head

Lymph nodes can be felt at the back of the head, right above the hairline.


Lymph nodes can also be found in the armpit area.


Another area where lymph nodes are easily felt is the groin.

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About the Author

Susan Berg

Based in northern Wisconsin, Susan Berg has more than 10 years of experience as a writer and editor. Her work has been published in both print and online media, including the "Dayton Daily News" and BioZine. Berg earned a Master of Arts in journalism from Indiana University.

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