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Doctor insights on: Enlarged Thymus Gland In Adults

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Why would the thymus gland be enlarged and attached to the breast bone in adult? This was found on CT scan following chest pain shortness of breath

Why would the thymus gland be enlarged and attached to the breast bone in adult? This was found on CT scan following chest pain shortness of breath

Thoracic Surgeon.: An "enlarged" thymus gland "attached to breast bone" with chest pain and shortness of breath, needs to be evaluated by an endocrinologist and possibly by a thoracic surgeon, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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When to go to ED for enlarged thymus gland?

When to go to ED for enlarged thymus gland?

Unsure about what: Ed means. If you mean emergency dept. Then there is really no need to go to "ed". Go to a primary physician who will then order a chest xray and ct scan of the chest for evaluation. Your clinical findings may indicate myasthenia gravis or thymoma. ...Read more

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Will an enlarged thymus gland attached to chest wall and causing breathing problems and weakness need to be removed?

Will an enlarged thymus gland attached to chest wall and causing breathing problems and weakness need to be removed?

Yes: As much as possible, thymus tumor should be removed. For any residual thymus that cannot be removed, radiotherapy or chemotherapy has to be considered. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged thymus gland and am a 47 yr old female. I have been very sick with Lyme disease, emphysema, fibromyalgia. Should I go to the er.?

I have an enlarged thymus gland and am a 47 yr old female. I have been very sick with Lyme disease, emphysema, fibromyalgia. Should I go to the er.?

No: The chronic issues you face should be addressed by an internist who can look at all of your signs and symptoms through a wider-angle lens. An enlarged thymus, unless associated with myasthenic or obstructive symptoms, should not be worrisome. ...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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I;m a teenager and I have an enlarged gland in my neck--what could this be?

I;m a teenager and I have an enlarged gland in my neck--what could this be?

Lymph node: Most cases are not serious but if your lymph gland doesn't go away in six weeks, discuss it with your doctor. Sometimes serious problems are present and express themself this way. ...Read more

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I have one enlarged gland in my neck. What should I do?

I have one enlarged gland in my neck. What should I do?

See a doctor: Infectious mononucleosis is just one of numerous illnesses which can present in this fashion. Please go see your doctor. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more

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Will my enlarged gland in front of neck kill me if it stays big no pain or symptoms also will massaging them hurt it and help the swelling?

Will my enlarged gland in front of neck kill me if it stays big no pain or symptoms also will massaging them hurt it and help the swelling?

See ENT doctor: It is unclear how long you have had this, where is it located and how large it is. It could be an enlarged lymph node, a thyroid nodule or goiter, a thyroglossal duct cyst, or other mass. The treatments will all be different, thus it is important to find out the cause. An ear-nose-throat specialist or otolargyngologist, would be someone that could help make this diagnosis and treat it. ...Read more

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Pls help, I have a painful, pea sized lump on LHS back of neck, 1cm below hairline. Health has been poor and glands under neck seem enlarged, esp RHS?

Pls help, I have a painful, pea sized lump on LHS back of neck, 1cm below hairline. Health has been poor and glands under neck seem enlarged, esp RHS?

Lymph nodes: Enlargement of local lymph nodes may be due to local infection and may get better with the use of antibiotics. Please see a physician, you may have a simple easily treatable problem like local infection ...Read more

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I have high WBC counts and enlarged glands in the neck. On antibotics but did not work. What's next?

I have high WBC counts and enlarged glands in the neck. On antibotics but did not work. What's next?

See below...: The glands you are talking about are probably enlarged lymph nodes. If the enlargement is persistent and does not react to antibiotics, a lymph node biopsy may be a reasonable next step. ...Read more

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When I tilt my head to the left and lift it up I feel a lump on my neck at the top right like right by the bone. Is it an enlarged gland?

When I tilt my head to the left and lift it up I feel a lump on my neck at the top right like right by the bone. Is it an enlarged gland?

Let someone examine: This lump. The word picture I currently have is not sufficient to help you. If you let a doc or nurse practitioner check this, they can guide you on wether it belongs there and is normal, or, if it is not normal and needs more study. ...Read more

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Is one enlarged gland that is moveable and doesn't hurt at all in my neck close to my ears mean cancer or do u have to have more than one to be cancer?

Is one enlarged gland that is moveable and doesn't hurt at all in my neck close to my ears mean cancer or do u have to have more than one to be cancer?

Check out: Cancer can start with one and progress, but other things can cause node enlargement. Possible ear or throat infection. Exam and lab work will tell. ...Read more

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Fever, not move 1-3 cm neck nodes, enlarged sub gland, night sweats, loss 20 lbs in 5 months. Many tests no answer. Mayo says genetic or chronic cance?

Fever, not move 1-3 cm neck nodes, enlarged sub gland, night sweats, loss 20 lbs in 5 months. Many tests no answer. Mayo says genetic or chronic cance?

More information: In order for you to get an appropriate answer, you will need to provide more detailed information. I suggest that you set up a consultation with a HealthTap Dr. Of your choosing. Otherwise, you need to be more specific about what you would like answered in this informal forum. ...Read more

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Doctor referred me to an ENT due to an abnormally enlarged gland in my neck now I'm freaking out thinking I have cancer what should I do?

Doctor referred me to an ENT due to an abnormally enlarged gland in my neck now I'm freaking out thinking I have cancer what should I do?

Relax: Every enlarged gland in neck is not a cancer
you are being refereed to ENT as it is their domain.
Let them check out. Most of these conditions are very benign. ...Read more

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I've had folliculitis for 2 yrs now -- on my face, scalp, and body. Been put on doxycycline but it is still here. Also, have enlarged gland in neck.

I've had folliculitis for 2 yrs now -- on my face, scalp, and body. Been put on doxycycline but it is still here. Also, have enlarged gland in neck.

Folliculitis: You should consult a physician to get treated for folliculitis which may be due to staph infections due to MRSA which is a resistant bug. And it requires prescription of combination of two antibiotics. It can spread to other body parts if left untreated. ...Read more

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I got a ultrasound on my neck (thyroid gland) & was told that it's enlarged & I need to see a specialist ASAP. Diagnosed w Graves' disease? Wht 2 exp?

I got a ultrasound on my neck (thyroid gland) & was told that it's enlarged & I need to see a specialist ASAP. Diagnosed w Graves' disease? Wht 2 exp?

Grave's: ASAP is not really necessary but it would be a good idea to go soon.
An enlarged thyroid could be treated with radio-active iodine or with thyroid surgery. The specialist will explain both to you and you should (? must) follow his/her advice.
Not generally a major event and if the thyroid levels are low post treatment you will be prescribed thyroid replacement. ...Read more

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Left side of my neck only has very enlarged swollen gland tender to the touch, mild sore throat and constipated? I am traveling in thailand.

Left side of my neck only has very enlarged swollen gland tender to the touch, mild sore throat and constipated? I am traveling in thailand.

Lymphadenitis: Lymphadenitis occurs when the lymph nodes become enlarged due to the by inflammation. The swollen glands are found near the site of an infection, hence sore throat could be the source.
Rec. See a general practitioner for evaluation and treatment if need it. ...Read more

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Recent difficulty swallowing. Englarged neck gland for over a year. No infections. Ent was no help. Hoarseness, no laringytis. What could it be?

Recent difficulty swallowing. Englarged neck gland for over a year. No infections. Ent was no help. Hoarseness, no laringytis. What could it be?

Look into swallowing: If ENT had no insight into the problem, i'd talk with your primary doc more about it. Difficulty swallowing has many causes. It can be something blocking the food... Or the esophagus isn't moving food correctly... Or the nerves that control the esophagus aren't functioning properly... Or not enough saliva is being produced. You get the picture. Your pcp might suggest seeing a gi. Good luck! ...Read more

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Glands in the back of my neck, under my jaw, behind my ear, in my arm pit and in my groin all on right side an have been enlarged for over a year. Why

Glands in the back of my neck, under my jaw, behind my ear, in my arm pit and in my groin all on right side an have been enlarged for over a year. Why

Get them checked: Swollen lymph nodes can be related to an infection and can be enlarged in certain areas of our body, such as the groin and arm pits normally. They are here to defend the body from infections. But, you should have them checked if it has been a year to rule out other causes of lymph node enlargement. Lymphoma is unlikely in the absence of other systemic symptoms such as fever and weight loss. ...Read more

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I'm 40 yrs old and have been diagnose with stage 3 myelofibrosis. I have a mildly enlarged spleen an bad headaches, swollen glands in my neck.?

I'm 40 yrs old and have been diagnose with stage 3 myelofibrosis. I have a mildly enlarged spleen an bad headaches, swollen glands in my neck.?

40with myelofibrosis: Enlarged spleen may be associated with Myelofibrosis.
Headaches swollen glands may be related some infection in immunocompromised. (POOR RESISTANCE TO FIGHT INFECTION)
BETTER ASK YOUR oncologist ( (WHO TREATS CANCER LIKE DISEASES) to refer you to family physician or internist. ...Read more

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Swollen tonsil on one side for a year. No sore throat/ difficulty swallowing. One enlarged gland in neck but on opposite side. No pain/ other symptoms?

Needs evaluation: Anytime there is asymmetric tonsillar hypertrophy this should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist. Most likely this is a normal variant, however may indicate a neoplasm within the tonsil. ...Read more

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Sore bumps on head, swollen glands in neck, throat feels enlarged? Been doing this for over a year now.

Sore bumps on head, swollen glands in neck, throat feels enlarged? Been doing this for over a year now.

Call your doctor: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, runny nose and sore neck glands, one gland is slightly enlarged, also ver tired, but I do work nights so could be part of that.?

I have a sore throat, runny nose and sore neck glands, one gland is slightly enlarged, also ver tired, but I do work nights so could be part of that.?

Sore throat: Your night shift has nothing to do with the symptoms. It could contribute to it as your timing outside the house being at night may predispose you to colder temperatues and you could catch more infections in the cold. You should see your doctor as you could have strep throat or mono if you have neck glands. ...Read more

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Could thymus gland regrow?

Could thymus gland regrow?

Ususally not: Thymus usually regresses after reaching maximum size at puberty. It becomes infiltrated with fat during regression. It can enlarge with tumors such as thymoma and thymolipoma. Also hormone associated with hyperthyroidism or graves disease in adolescence can stimulate thymus to overgrow. Otherwise thymus remains dormant in older people. ...Read more

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Can a baby be born without a thymus gland?

Can a baby be born without a thymus gland?

YES: Several genetic defects that affect the development of t lymphocytes (immune system blood cells) results in absent or very small thymus. Also, deletion of chromosome 22q11 or digeorge syndrome, a relatively common genetic syndrome, causes poor devlopment of thymus, which is significant in 1% of babies with this chromosomal deletion. ...Read more