A 35-year-old female asked:
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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?

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Dr. Amy Levine
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
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
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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