A 21-year-old male asked:
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does a chest x ray reveal enlarged lymph nodes in neck area such as under the thymus gland caused by lymphoma?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Chest X-ray. : A chest X-ray would not be a reliable test in this regard.
Answered on Apr 1, 2020
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Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
The thymus gland: is not in the neck, it is in the chest(anterior mediastinum). If the lymph nodes get large enough, the chest xray will be abnormal. However, a chest xray is not a reliable way to rule out adenopathy, because the lymph nodes have to get quite bulky to show up. CT is a much more sensitive and specific test for mediastinal adenopathy.
Answered on Apr 1, 2020
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