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What does non specific lymph nodes mean? ive had swollen cervical nodes for 2 years. ct of neck just came back saying 7 mildly enlarged cervical nodes, 11-13mm large axis, entirely non specific. does this rule out lymphoma?

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Not diagnostic: Non specific means there are no features found that would suggest a diagnosis. It basically says they are there and that size. Any further assessment must depend on clinical correlation by the treating physician. The study does not suggest lymphoma or list it as a diagnosis to consider. That is determined by the doc who has the history & exam findings.

Answered 10/17/2020

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Dr. Jay Park answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

No: CT scanning of cervical node is not particularly helpful to determine the nature of enlarged nodes. Chest x-ray to identify the presence/absence of mediastinal mass, and biopsy of lymph node would be preferable procedures.

Answered 10/17/2020

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