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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Thymus And Thyroid

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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What is the difference between neck cysts and neck nodules I have both?

What is the difference between neck cysts and neck nodules I have both?

Cyst vs nodule: A cyst has a hollow cavity/sac with a fluid/liquid, or somewhat solid material a nodule is relatively hard and not hollow. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference between a swollen neck gland and a hard one?

Help please? What is the difference between a swollen neck gland and a hard one?

Neck gland: Tender , swollen neck masses usually imply benign inflammatory process. Hard, non-tender masses more likely to be tumors or metastases. ...Read more

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Can tension knots be on both sides of neck? & how can you tell the difference between tension knots and knots caused by infection or something serious

Can tension knots be on both sides of neck? & how can you tell the difference between tension knots and knots caused by infection or something serious

'knots in the neck': Tension can produce indurated sore areas in the neck area. Less commonly in adults, 'knots' from an enlarged lymph node can occur. These may or may not be tender so it may be required to look at the big picture by your doctor to solve the puzzle. Their is no simple way to tell without me examining your neck. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a mobile lymph node and a fixed lymph node? (in the neck region)

How can you tell the difference between a mobile lymph node and a fixed lymph node? (in the neck region)

Takes practice: A normal lymph node is not anchored in space within the tissue and thus exhibits "give" when palpated. In the context of acute inflammation, when more lymphoid cells travel to and are contained within the node, it is larger but still mobile. In some cases of chronic inflammation involving fibrotic changes, the node becomes fixed or anchored to structures. Takes some practice to differentiate. ...Read more

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How to get rid out of the dirt on the neck. It looks very bad when there is a difference between colour of my skin and colour of my neck?

How to get rid out of the dirt on the neck. It looks very bad when there is a difference between colour of my skin and colour of my neck?

Color is not dirt??: You may have a pigment coloration change that maybe related to an endocrine abnormality. Acanthosis nigricans skin disorder characterized by hyperpigmentation and hyperkeratosis, occurring mainly in folds of skin in axilla, groin, and back of neck; occurs in diabetes and poly cystic ovary syndrome. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between limpoma and a lympnode? Had two drs say movable lumps on neck were limpoma and other said lymphnode

How can you tell the difference between limpoma and a lympnode? Had two drs say movable lumps on neck were limpoma and other said lymphnode

Limpoma?: A lipoma is a fat tissue benign tumor. A lymphoma is a malignant tumor involving lymph nodes. I am not sure which one of the two was yor dr. Referring to. The only way to know for sure which is which is by removing the whole lump or part of it and performing histopathology and immunology tests. Those tests are indicated in lumps that are not obviously normal lymph nodes. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between a buffalo hump and hypertonic neck muscles because protecting something?

How do you tell the difference between a buffalo hump and hypertonic neck muscles because protecting something?

Fat vs muscle: A buffalo hump is due to excess fat tissue above the upper spine. Fat feels completely different than muscle and should be easy to tell the difference. A buffalo hump is seen in people who are significantly overweight. It can also be associated with excess cortisol (cushings syndrome). ...Read more

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What is the difference between torticollis and chronic bilateral muscle spasm in the neck & upper shoulders?

Cervical strains: Acute torticollisis is an acute cervical strain pinching a nerve. Chronic upper body muscle strain is from chronic disc problems or degenerative changes. An or frequently poor upper body posture. Acute torticollisis is usually temporary but may need an osteopathic or chiropractic adjustment. Upper body posture problems. Can be fixed with the proper exercises disc or degenerative changes are dif ...Read more

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What is the real difference between joint mobilization and joint manipulation, in the context of treating neck and lower back pain?

What is the real difference between joint mobilization and joint manipulation, in the context of treating neck and lower back pain?

See below: There are probably no specific differences but there are various manipulation and mobilization techniques. Some come from chiropractic, some from osteopathic medicine and some from physical therapy. There are techniques that involve hi velocity, low amplitude thrusting techniques as well as more gentle manipulations like muscle energy technique and counterstrain technique.All seek to move joints. ...Read more

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Hi, I have tightness & pain in left side of my neck I can notice size difference between left & right side Bloods normal pain in chest & arm echo norm?

Hi, I have tightness & pain in left side of my neck I can notice size difference between left & right side Bloods normal pain in chest & arm echo norm?

Cardiology Consult: No age given, or history? You need to be examined. Pain in neck can be from vertebrae (bones) in neck with arthritis & this may explain Lft arm & Chest pain. Chest pain can be sign of cardiac disease (if in right age group) & freqly radiates to arm & neck, so going to cardiologist is the best way to proceed. Echo can be NL if no Heart damage. Internist could see U & send to Cardiology. Do soon. ...Read more

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How can u tell the difference between neck muscle pain or neck lymph node pain?

How can u tell the difference between neck muscle pain or neck lymph node pain?

The nature of pain: Can't tell the difference . Physical exam is still the key to a correct diagnosis . Take care! ...Read more

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What is the difference between pain in the jugular vein in the neck and a pulled muscle?

See below.: Pain in the jugular vein is very rare and should be located directly over the vessel. Pain in the muscle is very common and should be localizible to the muscle. ...Read more

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What is the difference between allergic reations and heat bumps? Do they occur on the thighs, arms, chest, neck, and back? And how to cure it?

What is the difference between allergic reations and heat bumps? Do they occur on the thighs, arms, chest, neck, and back? And how to cure it?

Heat bumps: Heat bumps only occur when you are hot and sweating, they may last more than a day in one spot. Hives are fleeting and have different triggers and heat is just one trigger. Have your lesions examined by an allergist to determine which is which and how to treat your symptoms. Both can occur anywhere on your skin. ...Read more

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It could be possible that a doctor tell the difference between a cyst and a cancer lump on side of neck by feeling it?

It could be possible that a doctor tell the difference between a cyst and a cancer lump on side of neck by feeling it?

Probably: It is possible to feel the difference between a hard solid lump and a softer lump. If there is any question an ultrasound is a very simple easy noninvasive way to be certain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the neck pain in meningitis and a simple muscle strain?

Tension signs: With meningitis one also sees a positive kernig sign. The patient is on their back and the leg is lifted up and straightened. This stretches the dura. If it is inflammed from meningitis lifting the the leg will cause neck pain while in a neck strain it should not. If there is fever, chills, light sensitivity oyou would also suspect meningitis. If present take this person to the er. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between a lipoma, infected lymph node, and cyst? I have a bump on my neck (left back side) and doc says its one of those 3.

Whats the difference between a lipoma, infected lymph node, and cyst? I have a bump on my neck (left back side) and doc says its one of those 3.

Can be hard to tell: inflamed lumps like you mentioned can be difficult to tell apart clinically. A lymph node that is swollen is usually deeper in the tissue and the surface skin looks normal. A lipoma is usually not inflamed and is soft to touch and often slides around when pushed or manipulated. A cyst is fro a hair follicle and when they rupture are often inflamed and tender. A biopsy may be needed to find out ...Read more

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Can a CT scan show the difference between granulomas and lymphoma of a swollen lump node in the neck?

Can a CT scan show the difference between granulomas and lymphoma of a swollen lump node in the neck?

Perhaps: CT is a great test that shows lymph nodes in the neck well. Granulomas usually demonstrate some degree of calcification but not always. Also, they tend to be smaller. Lymphoma nodes are not usually calcified, are larger, more numerous etc. There is, as you can imagine some overlap and a biopsy is usually recommended. ...Read more