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Virchow's node

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Also known as Virchow's gland. Synonym: signal node. A firm and palpable enlargement of one of the supraclavicular lymph nodes. They are metastases usually indicative of primary carcinoma of thoracic or abdominal organs, most commonly visceral cancer. Often on the left side.

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