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Doctor insights on: Enlarged Lymph Nodes In Chest X Ray

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Xray Of Chest (Definition)

A chest x-ray is the basic radiographic study for evaluation of the heart and lungs. It usually consists of 2 views: postero-anterior and lateral. The image is now usually acquired digitally with the sensor placed against the front of the chest for the pa view and on the left side of the chest for the lateral view. Pneumonia, heart enlargement, CHF and many other ...Read more


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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?

Does a chest x Ray reveal enlarged lymph nodes in neck area such as under the thymus gland caused by lymphoma?

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. ...Read more

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Do enlarged supraclavicular lymph nodes show up on a chest X-ray?

Do enlarged supraclavicular lymph nodes show up on a chest X-ray?

Unlikely: While possible in a slim patient with a Very enlarged supraclavicular node, normally the chest x-ray would look unremarkable and you'd need a chest CT to identify this finding. ...Read more

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Why my doc didn't ask for biopsy for enlargement neck lymph nodes for 4 months CBC is normal Chest X-ray is normal No other symptoms?

Why my doc didn't ask for biopsy for enlargement neck lymph nodes for 4 months
CBC is normal
Chest X-ray is normal
No other symptoms?

They're your friends: If the nodes are stable, not fixed to surrounding structures, not of a consistency that suggests disease, and you do not have obvious systems of Hodgkin's disease (the one real concern here), leave them alone. Every young guy has a few. They protect you and cutting around the lymph circulation will just make a mess. It's not worth it ...Read more

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Are cancerous lymph nodes typically identifiable on a chest x-ray?

Are cancerous lymph nodes typically identifiable on a chest x-ray?

Not always: A typical chest xray is not very sensitive in finding abnormal lymph nodes. The best radiographic tests are chest cat scan and pet/cat scan when indicated. ...Read more

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Would enlarged lymph nodes show up on an X-ray of the neck and head?

Would enlarged lymph nodes show up on an X-ray of the neck and head?

May be: It may or may not. The procedure of choice is ultrasound by an eperienced sonographer. Xr is not a great exam for lymph nodes. Even better: have it examined by a doc. Usually this is palpable on physical examination and most examinations are not helpful. ...Read more

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I have pneumonia, my chest X-ray is showing a hilar mass or hilar lymphadenopathy. Would this be caused my the pneumonia?

I have pneumonia, my chest X-ray is showing a hilar mass or hilar lymphadenopathy. Would this be caused my the pneumonia?

Talk to your doctor: This is a potentially very severe situation. The adenopathy or hilar mass may be causing a post-obstructive pneumonia, or the hilar lesions and the pulmonary infiltrates may be part of a single entity such as sarcoidosis. This should be discussed at length with the doctor caring for you. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more