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If you have a large swollen lymph node above clavicle will it show up on chest x ray?

If you have a large swollen lymph node above clavicle will it show up on chest x ray?

No: Xrays are not very good for looking at lymph nodes outside of the chest. A ct (computerized tomography scan) has a much higher sensitivity for looking at lymph nodes inside and outside of your chest. ...Read more

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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Husband has swollen lymph node on left side neck. You can feel and see it. Recent flu diagnosis and eye staph. Doc ordered chest xray. What is it?

Husband has swollen lymph node on left side neck. You can feel and see it. Recent flu diagnosis and eye staph. Doc ordered chest xray. What is it?

Likely inflammatory: This is likely a inflammatory lymph node related to his recent illness. This should be checked out by your md. If multiple lymph nodes they may want to do a ultrasound or ct to look at lymph nodes. Less likely a biopsy could be preformed. ...Read more

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Does lymphoma present with symptoms? Swollen lymph node pea size x7 months. Normal labs, CT & chest X-ray. Somewhat tired, occasional itching.

Does lymphoma present with symptoms? Swollen lymph node pea size x7 months. Normal labs, CT & chest X-ray. Somewhat tired, occasional itching.

Node biopsy possibly: A persistent swollen isolated node for seven months may be related to a number of causes. I would suggest a visit with your PCP. Sometimes infections and drainage to the affected lymph node is the underlying cause rather than malignancy. If the node needs to be biopsied then a surgical referral can be made. Small moveable nodes tend to be benign.
Tissue diagnosis is usually quite definitive. ...Read more

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I have 2 swollen lymph nodes in neck and history of melanoma is a CBC and chest X-ray enough tests? X-ray was clear lymphocytes high on cbc

I have 2 swollen lymph nodes in neck and history of melanoma is a CBC and chest X-ray enough tests? X-ray was clear lymphocytes high on cbc

See your doc: I would bring these lymph nodes to the attention of your surgeon. If they appear suspicious a biopsy would be performed to obtain a diagnosis. ...Read more

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2 swollen lymph nodes in neck history of melanoma CBC normal apart from high lymphocytes chest X-ray normal, doc not doing any more tests, worried.

2 swollen lymph nodes in neck history of melanoma CBC normal apart from high lymphocytes chest X-ray normal, doc not doing any more tests, worried.

Questions: Lots of questions to help figure this out. Where are the nodes, where was the melanoma, how deep was it and how was it treated? How long ago was the melanoma found? If the nodes are in the drainage basin of the primary melanoma, that is more cause for worry than if they are elsewhere. ...Read more

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Hard, untender, swollen lymph nodes (3 on right neck+4 on left, 1 by each underarm).No fever, no night sweats. Lymphocytes normal, chest X-ray results=normal?

Hard, untender, swollen lymph nodes (3 on right neck+4 on left, 1 by each underarm).No fever, no night sweats. Lymphocytes normal, chest X-ray results=normal?

Enlarged LNs: How long you have been noticing the enlarged lns?
Do you have enlarged spleen or liver?
Most common cause for enlarged lns is reaction to inflammation that drains to the lns (in oral cavity in case of the enlarged neck lns).
I would recommend to watch the lns since you experience no symptoms and initial workup is normal. ...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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Several bug bite on back just behind shoulder. Large swollen lymph node on top of collar bone. Bites look to be better though. Cause?

Several bug bite on back just behind shoulder. Large swollen lymph node on top of collar bone. Bites look to be better though. Cause?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Would a chest CT scan be able to detect swollen lymph nodes in the clavicle.?

Would a chest CT scan be able to detect swollen lymph nodes in the clavicle.?

CT scan: Possibly. If the ct covered the entire thorax and the nodes were of sufficient size they might be visible. ...Read more

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I've got a lump what I assume is a swollen lymph node left side. I generally feel unwell, achey and pain in right chest and armpit?

I've got a lump what I assume is a swollen lymph node left side. I generally feel unwell, achey and pain in right chest and armpit?

Depends: General lymph node enlargement without other symptoms is difficult to diagnose. I would get checked out so that someone could perform the full exam. ...Read more

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Painful swollen lymph node near clavicle don't feel sick and other nodes are normal what is it? Should I be concerned? Just got flu shot related?

Painful swollen lymph node near clavicle don't feel sick and other nodes are normal what is it? Should I be concerned? Just got flu shot related?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Chest pain, swollen or maybe moved bone near collar bone in the side of the heart. Swollen lymph node in neck and arm.

Chest pain, swollen or maybe moved bone near collar bone in the side of the heart. Swollen lymph node in neck and arm.

Chest pain: Your history is concerning. Go get checked out, at your age I worry about a chest mass, make sure there are no enlarged lymph nodes in your chest, especially if accompanied by any fever or weight loss. ...Read more

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On off fevers of up to 38.3 C (orally)for last 4 months. NO swollen lymph node. ALL bloodwork ok. 2 Abd. US, chest, neck xray ok. Lymphoma ruled out?

On off fevers of up to 38.3 C (orally)for last 4 months. NO swollen lymph node. ALL bloodwork ok. 2 Abd. US, chest, neck xray ok. Lymphoma ruled out?

Afraid not: It's very difficult to "totally" exclude the possibility of having lymphoma (or most cancers). This is because they can start off being very small, and could be anywhere. In your case I would say that CT scanning of the abdomen, chest, neck would give a much more thorough and detailed look at those areas. That said, there are many more common causes of fever than lymphoma, so still unlikely. ...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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No swollen lymph nodes per dr. Normal chest xray 1 month. Normal bloodwork 1 month. No appetite for a month, lost 10lbs. Appetite is back, maintaining weight, haven't gained any. Still scared lymphoma?

No swollen lymph nodes per dr. Normal chest xray 1 month. Normal bloodwork 1 month. No appetite for a month, lost 10lbs. Appetite is back, maintaining weight, haven't gained any. Still scared lymphoma?

Relax: If your symptoms are gone and you've seen your physician and have normal blood work, the likelihood of having lymphoma is extremely small. Relax. If your symptoms return or worsen, it's time to go back to your physician. ...Read more

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10 swollen lymph nodes bilaterally in neck for 3 years. Painless; immobile, soft, rubbery about 1 to 2 cm. Normal chest xray. Fatigue is only symptom.

10 swollen lymph nodes bilaterally in neck for 3 years. Painless; immobile, soft, rubbery about 1 to 2 cm. Normal chest xray. Fatigue is only symptom.

Go to MD: Those are nodes of pathological size, >1cm, and likely not reactive as they have been there long time. Go to your doctor for evaluation and an excisional biopsy of one maybe necessary for diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph node in my neck ct scan 2 weeks ago said 1.5cm now have pain on that side of neck, shoulder blades, chest and arm past kidney CA?

I have swollen lymph node in my neck ct scan 2 weeks ago said 1.5cm now have pain on that side of neck, shoulder blades, chest and arm past kidney CA?

Your doctor can guid: Did you say you have had Kidney Cancer before? Please clarify this part of your history. Ask your doctor to feel this node with his/her hands and tell you if it feels soft (probably benign) or hard which implies possible cancer. If this node gets any bigger, a needle biopsy may be required to make sure that it is not cancerous. ...Read more

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Is it a bug bite or a swollen lymph node? Symptoms of swollen lymph node near collarbone? 18 years old, female.

Is it a bug bite or a swollen lymph node? Symptoms of swollen lymph node near collarbone? 18 years old, female.

See doctor: You may be having either of two, bug bite or swollen lymph node near collarbone. But lymph node may be painful to touch and warm while bug bite may be red, slightly swollen. Your health provider will be able to decide and treat you as needed ...Read more

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What causes a swollen lymph node in neck and acne on the shoulder?

What causes a swollen lymph node in neck and acne on the shoulder?

Probably nothing: Acne confined to a shoulder may be from rubbing; we see this in men who bench-press large amounts of weight. Most adults have one or more palpable lymph nodes in the neck, and if they are not rock-hard, fixed to other structures, or growing rapidly, they're best ignored. Glad you're a good observer of the body. Good luck. ...Read more

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Got stung by a bee on my shoulder yesterday, today got swollen lymph node occuring in armpit, is this normal reaction? If so when should swelling go?

Bee sting: It looks like you don't have systemic reactions to bee sting since you don't mention that you have problems breathing, throat closing, abodominal pain, nausea and vomitting. A local swelling at sting site can associate with local lymph nodes swelling and does not need specific treatment. It would last a few days to a week or two. If the swelling is large and causing pain, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Tender lump under ear (was a swollen lymph node and now feels more like a hard lump) and small lump (swollen lymph node?) by collarbone. Should I worry

Tender lump under ear (was a swollen lymph node and now feels more like a hard lump) and small lump (swollen lymph node?) by collarbone. Should I worry

Parotid tumor: Check with your pcp he might refer you to a surgeon, ent, or might order ct scan to identify the parotid gland and the lymph nodes enlargement. ...Read more

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What does a real sudden sharp pain in your lung be? Also swollen lymph node?

See a doctor: Not sure what you mean by pain in your lung.
Do you mean chest pain? Does it hurt when you take a deep breath or cough? And where is the swollen lymph node? Are you a smoker? What kind of activity, occupation, etc?
You should see a doctor (internist or family practitioner) for a good check-up. ...Read more

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I've a swollen lymph node in my neck for some time now, my doc says it's nothing but I'm starting to worry as sometimes I get shoulder and ear pain?

Enlarged lymph: Nodes are almost always caused by an infection. It is probably not related to shoulder pain. Ear pain might be occult infection. However, if your doctor says it is nothing, most likely it is just that. If it persists or worsens, consult your doctor again. ...Read more