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Doctor insights on: Enlarged Thymus Gland Symptoms

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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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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?

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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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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What are the symptoms when lymphoma affects thymus gland? Can chest pain be the only symptom of lymphoma?

What are the symptoms when lymphoma affects thymus gland? Can chest pain be the only symptom of lymphoma?

May or may not be sx: Lymphoma will produce a sizable mass which will grow and become obvious before any other symptoms might appear. If the Chest CT Scan is normal, then I doubt there is any lymphoma in the Thymus/chest. Chest pain is a nonspecific symptom which can be caused by many many different reason, some obvious, others not so obvious. ...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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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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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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Swollen gland (i think) in neck, I'm not sick, other symptoms as well. How to reduce swelling?

Swollen gland (i think) in neck, I'm not sick, other symptoms as well. How to reduce swelling?

See your physician: When glands are swollen that is a sign that your body is fight off infection. This is certainly a time to see your physician for a full examination and please call attention to areas of concern like your swollen neck. Once you have seen the doctor and your health improves, the swelling will go away. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have painful glands in my neck but no other symptoms of illness. It hurts slightly to turn my head and hurts when I press down on the glands.

Likely inflammatory: Hi Sarah,
Painful lymph nodes or glands in the neck are usually indicative of infection or reaction to an infection in another part of the head and neck. These lymph nodes are responsible for producing white blood cells to help you fight infection. If you are not suffering from other symptoms, I'd give them some time to resolve. If not, see your doctor for a more complete exam ...Read more

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Radiotherapy destroys the endocrine glands in her neck. What symptoms or issues might result from the radiotherapy?

Radiotherapy destroys the endocrine glands in her neck. What symptoms or issues might result from the radiotherapy?

Need thyroxin: There are only two glandular sites in the neck that have endocrine function. The thyroid with production of thyroid hormone and the parathyroid glands that produce parathormone controlling Ca++ metabolism. If either are compromised by RT the loweing of hormone in the blood can be measured and replaced with exogenous hormone. ...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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I have a hard, fixed gland (I think) on my neck. It hasn't caused any pain but I haven't experienced other symptoms. What is this?

I have a hard, fixed gland (I think) on my neck. It hasn't caused any pain but I haven't experienced other symptoms. What is this?

Hard lymph node: Please make an appointment to see your primary care physician. You may need a biopsy of the lymph node to rule out lymphoma or at least imaging. ...Read more

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What would cause submandibular glands to swell on both sides of my neck? They are palpable. No pain. No other symptoms at all. Very worried!!

What would cause submandibular glands to swell on both sides of my neck? They are palpable. No pain. No other symptoms at all. Very worried!!

Lymph nodes?: You may be noting lymph nodes that are enlarged. The lymph system helps to drain the body of infections. The infection could be as simple as a common head cold. It is likely not your submandibular salivary glands that you are feeling. If the swelling is still noticeable in a week, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Every gland in my neck is swollen. When will I get symptoms?

Every gland in my neck is swollen. When will I get symptoms?

Get an eval: If you have a few relatively small tender lymph nodes you might have mild subclinical allergies or have a cold coming on. However if every lymph node is swollen, or you have a very lg or hard, immobile node (s) it's best to get that checked out. You might also want to check for swollen lymph nodes elsewhere in the body. I'd suggest you get yourself checked out. ...Read more

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I have a pain along the left vein in my neck for 4 days now with out increase in pain. It feels similar to swollen gland and I have no other symptoms.

I have a pain along the left vein in my neck for 4 days now with out increase in pain. It feels similar to swollen gland and I have no other symptoms.

Neck pain: Pain in that area could be from a muscle strain, inflamed thyroid or lymph gland, or inflammation of the carotid artery. I don't think it's related to a neck vein. If the discomfort persists, get examined by your physician. ...Read more

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I've got swollen tender glands in my neck, but I don't actually feel any other ill symptoms?

Diff possibilities: Tender is usually a good sign & if you have a few relatively small tender lymph nodes you might have mild subclinical allergies or have a cold coming on. However if you have a very lg or hard, immobile node (s) it's best to get that checked out. You might also want to check for swollen lymph nodes elsewhere in the body & if you find some, that would be another reason to get checked out. ...Read more

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Swollen, hard, irregular shaped gland on left side of neck for two months, have taken antibiotics, still there, absolutely no other symptoms?

Swollen, hard, irregular shaped gland on left side of neck for two months, have taken antibiotics, still there, absolutely no other symptoms?

Needs evaluation: The question is 'what is it' - and if it's hard and truly in the right area for a lymph node -it needs professional evaluation. You don't want to miss something that could be serious, and unfortunately on Health Tap, there's a limit to what we doctor's can provide here. Hope you can schedule something with your primary doctor today. ...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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My glands in my neck have been larger for the past month and I had some ulcers on my tongue. I had no other symptoms. Is this allergies?

My glands in my neck have been larger for the past month and I had some ulcers on my tongue. I had no other symptoms. Is this allergies?

Time for doctor: I doubt it is just allergies, but to find out you need an exam by a doctor. The ulcers will need a look and maybe a piece taken for a microscopic examination. ...Read more