A 38-year-old female asked:
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can a swollen lymph node show up on a mammogram or regular x-ray if it is close to the breast area?

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Dr. Dariush Vaziri
47 years experience Breast Surgery
Possibly: There are lymph nodes in the axillary area (armpit) as well as within the breast tissue called intramammary node. Enlarged as well as normal nodes can be frequently seen on a mammogram. If you have a newly swollen or enlarged node or if your mammogram showed a new change, further evaluation is needed. An infectious or a malignant process need to be ruled out.
Answered on Jun 12, 2013
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Dr. Michael Gabor
33 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
A lymph node : can show up on a mammogram if it is in the breast or in the adjacent axillary tail. On standard X-ray, due to the inherent relatively low soft tissue contrast resolution, lymph nodes will generally not be discernible unless very large.
Answered on Dec 29, 2017

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