A 35-year-old female asked:
would a ct scan of a neck lymph node determine whether further tests are needed or not? can it tell if the cause is of benign nature?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Amy Levine answered
22 years experience Radiology
Maybe: There are lymph nodes that are clearly normal on ct, some which are clearly abnormal, and an entire spectrum in between. If it is not clear, usually a follow up study is recommended as lymph nodes which are abnormal because of infection typically shrink after some time.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
Dr. Joseph Accurso answered
28 years experience Radiology
Perhaps: If the enlarged lymph node is associated with infection, consider waiting a couple of weeks to see if it resolves. The ct scan may be useful in determining if other lymph nodes are enlarged. Sometimes the ct scan can confirm a benign appearance in an otherwise abnormally enlarged lymph node. However, enlarged nodes may need biopsy. Please keep seeing your healthcare provider for this problem.
Answered on Mar 12, 2020
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