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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

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What does it mean to have lymphadenopathy on chest x-ray?

What does it mean to have lymphadenopathy on chest x-ray?

Several causes: Lymphadenopathy can be due to both benign and malignant causes. Benign causes include sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, and other disorders. Cancer or lymphoma can cause lymphadenopathy. This needs to be further evaluated by a physical examination, possibly a ct scan, and possibly a biopsy. ...Read more

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I have enlarged lymph nodes in chest and now have pain behind left breast?

I have enlarged lymph nodes in chest and now have pain behind left breast?

Get an exam: Please go to a Family Doctor's office or clinic for an exam as soon as possible. Although your condition could be benign if it is something more serious like cancer the cure rate is very good with early diagnosis and treatment. After a complete history and physical exam more studies may be indicated. ...Read more

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Can enlarged lymph nodes in chest and lung nodules cause chest and back pain?

Can enlarged lymph nodes in chest and lung nodules cause chest and back pain?

Probably not: Many young people have enlarged nodes visible on x-ray and unless they are so big that they suggest serious pathology, we never look for the cause. Look for some other explanation for your chest and back pain. ...Read more

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I have enlarged lymph nodes in my chest ranging from 12.9-16.3mm, and what size should I be concerned or get a biopsy.

Not now: A ln must get to be 2 cm (20 mm) to be considered enlarged. Based on your medication list you are being treated for infection. Ln "enlarge" as part of the healthy response to infection. No concern here. ...Read more

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I have very enlarged lymph nodes in my chest, also have been sweating to where im drenched in the morning when I wake up. Should I be worried?

I have very enlarged lymph nodes in my chest, also have been sweating to where im drenched in the morning when I wake up. Should I be worried?

Where in your: Chet are the "lymph nodes"? You should go to an urgent care or private doctor tell them your story and have them examine you. Adenopathy (nodes), sweats, fever, weight loss can be signs of lymphoma at any age. ...Read more

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My son had enlarged lymph nodes in his chest what should our concerns be waiting on a cat scan?

First concern: Comes to everyone's mind is always cancer! that is why further diagnostic tests/ imaging are being done to help make a diagnosis and be more conclusive. Just wait for the results and hear from your doctor. Technology is far too advanced now, lots of treatment options are now available more than ever! Good luck. ...Read more

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Would swollen lymph nodes under armpit show up in a chest xray?

Would swollen lymph nodes under armpit show up in a chest xray?

Imaging studies: They might, but interpretation might be difficult depending upon their size. Ct scan would be much more valuable. ...Read more

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What do enlarged lymph nodes in the chest feel like?

What do enlarged lymph nodes in the chest feel like?

Varies: In most cases you would feel nothing. It is only when the nodes are significantly enlarged and cause pressure on other areas of the chest that symptoms occur. Symptoms could result in pressure, cough or pain. ...Read more

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If I had a CBC and chest xray in december and they were clear, should I be concerned of swollen lymph nodes in my neck? What could be causing them?

Lymphadenopathy: Multiple enlarged lymph nodes in the neck can be residual of a viral illness but they should shrivel over time. In my experience this is more common in younger patients. In adults, if they don't recede or if they enlarge further a biopsy is often done to see what the pathology is. A normal CBC and chest xray isn't enough to rule out some diseases. Follow up with your md. ...Read more

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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