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What conditions could cause calcification/ossification of the thyroid, cricoid and tracheal cartilages in a 44 year old male (no glands involved).

What conditions could cause calcification/ossification of the thyroid, cricoid and tracheal cartilages in a 44 year old male (no glands involved).

Inflammation: Calcifications of the thyroid typically coincide with nodules and occur because of inflammation or cancer. You should see a specialist, like an endocrinologist, to better determine the cause. ...Read more

Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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What happens if the cartilage is missing from the neck vertebrae?

What happens if the cartilage is missing from the neck vertebrae?

Depends: It depends in part in what you mean. Some people have a congenital fusion of two cervical vertebrae, which usually does not cause symptoms. Others may have a loss in cartilage secondary to degeneration and can have neck and arm pain and headaches. ...Read more

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Is it possible to heal the thyroid so that it functions properly again after being damaged in a strangling? Regrow cartilage? I was strangled a couple of years ago and found out last week that my thyroid was damaged. The cartilage in my neck where his han

Is it possible to heal the thyroid so that it functions properly again after being damaged in a strangling? Regrow cartilage? I was strangled a couple of years ago and found out last week that my thyroid was damaged. The cartilage in my neck where his han

The: The thyroid gland should still work fine after this trauma. You can get blood tests to check it out. If your levels are off, low, you will need thyroid hormone supplement, a pill. I doubt that the strangling itself would cause hypothyroidism. You may have hashimoto thyroiditis which is not related to your trauma. Perhaps thyroid conditions run in your family.
When taking a supplement use levothyroxine. See the link below regarding thyroid. ...Read more

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Will 3t MRI be more effective in finding cartilage inflammation in chest and neck, or am I fine with 1.5 t? Any considerable differences? Any safety concerns between 1.5 t and 3t?

Will 3t MRI be more effective in finding cartilage inflammation in chest and neck, or am I fine with 1.5 t? Any considerable differences? Any safety concerns between 1.5 t and 3t?

3T: For cartilage abnormalities, 3t imaging is great due to it's resolution capabilities, but still the imaging is dependent on the protocols set on each machine. I would trust the radiologist recommendation for which machine to use for your ailment. ...Read more

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Small, hard bump on back of neck. Not visible. Size of a tiny pinky nail. No symptoms. It's on the right side on cartilage part. Help! I'm worried?

Small, hard bump on back of neck. Not visible. Size of a tiny pinky nail. No symptoms. It's on the right side on cartilage part. Help! I'm worried?

Nodule on the neck: The most common small nodular lesion is a cyst. If the lesion is stable in size, mobile and non-tender it is probably ok. If it does not resolve in a few weeks or if it changes you should see your doctor. S. ...Read more

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My 3 yo has a bony little lump under cartilage in neck. It's not movable. Is there a bone there? It feels hard like a bone. I worry about lymphoma.

My 3 yo has a bony little lump under cartilage in neck. It's not movable. Is there a bone there? It feels hard like a bone. I worry about lymphoma.

Cartilage: I am not sure exactly where you are talking about. The cartilage that makes up the breathing tube (trachea) is made up of rings. Lymph nodes are generally movable. Does not sound suspicious but would recommend that your pediatrician takes a look. ...Read more

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There's a small lump noticed months ago about 1/2way down side of neck under skin, not like a pimple. Can't tell if it's vein or cartilage. What is it?

There's a small lump noticed months ago about 1/2way down side of neck under skin, not like a pimple. Can't tell if it's vein or cartilage. What is it?

Neither: A lump in neck is neither cartilage (which, in the neck, is always connected to bone) nor vein (which does not form lumps). The only way to diagnose what it is is to have a doctor feel it. ...Read more

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Hard cartilage like lumpin lower sacrum about 2cm in size, 7 groin lymph nodes, 2 neck with 1in collarbone since Dec, doctor won't send me for tests?

Hard cartilage like lumpin lower sacrum about 2cm in size, 7 groin lymph nodes, 2 neck with 1in collarbone since Dec, doctor won't send me for tests?

Lumps/enlarged nodes: An xray might help with the lump you feel on your sacrum. Groin nodes are always the largest ones we feel because that area just isn't clean & the nodes are constantly handling a lot of bacterial invaders. Neck nodes are also usually easy to feel, so don't panic. Your nodes may be normal, especially if they move easily. Worrisome symptoms include night sweats, fevers, unexplained weight loss. ...Read more

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My Son is experiencing enlarged or tender lymph nodes for 4 weeks. He has a large lymph node swollen behind his ear and smaller ones throughout left side of neck. He was diagnosed over 4 weeks ago with Cellulitis of the cartilage on his ear.

My Son is experiencing enlarged or tender lymph nodes for 4 weeks. He has a large lymph node swollen behind his ear and smaller ones throughout left side of neck. He was diagnosed over 4 weeks ago with Cellulitis of the cartilage on his ear.

Infection: The lymph nodes are likely due to his cellulitis which is an infection of his skin. If the lymph nodes persist well after his infection clears, please see his doctor for a full physical examination. ...Read more

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What type of diagnostics are available to identify cartilage inflammation? Possible inflamed trachea, scared endoscopy will detrimentally inflame

It probably won't...: There is no cartilage in the esophagus, nor does the upper GI endoscope come in contact with the larynx or trachea. What symptoms are you experiencing (and where) that cause you to feel you have "cartilage inflammation, " and need testing for it? ...Read more

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Have had on and off chest pain. Been told it's inflamed rib joint cartilage. Now have a persistent cough with no cause for the past few weeks.

Chest pain: Your cough needs to be evaluated. .. Sometimes GERD or acid reflux disease will cause heartburn and may course chronic cough due to exposure of acid to upper respiratory tract. .. Also we must exclude other causes of cough such as asthma, allergies etc. .. If this continues I suggest a PCP visit and some basic work up including chest X-eat and possibly trial of PPI such as Protonix (pantoprazole) to see changes ...Read more

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What are the causes for a inflamed neck artery?

What are the causes for a inflamed neck artery?

Several causes: Vasculitis, an inflammatory response where the body reacts against itself; infection, spreading from adjacent site; trauma. It is quite unusual for neck artery to become inflamed. ...Read more

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Cut by a dirty blade a month ago and today neck's blocked, not sure If it's my gym or TETANUS? When cut no inflam signs, took amoxillin after cut

Cut by a dirty blade a month ago and today neck's blocked, not sure If it's my gym or TETANUS? When cut no inflam signs, took amoxillin after cut

Depends: If you had your tetanus vaccine aka dT within past 9 years, you should be fine.

if you are not up to date on your vaccine, then you are probably still ok b/c tetanus wouldn't show up a month later. It would be faster.

Most likely gym. Go see a trustworthy chiropracter. ...Read more

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Cut by a dirty blade a month ago and today neck's blocked, not sure If it's my gym or TETANUS? When cut no inflam signs, took amoxillin after cut.

Not tetanus: The incubation range for tetanus is 3-21 days with most evident by 8 days. It also occurs with in infection at the primary site. It is likely your workout is responsible. ...Read more

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I have an awful pain on the back of my neck (right side) and the pain goes about half way up my skull. Anti-inflammatory works for a little while?

I have an awful pain on the back of my neck (right side) and the pain goes about half way up my skull. Anti-inflammatory works for a little while?

Rest, ice, relax: Avoid stimulants like caffeine, stress, improper sleep habits. Apply ice pack for ten minutes for severe pain; local heat for milder pain and soreness. See doctor for severe pain, fever, nausea or worse pain to move neck. ...Read more

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Recurring small hard bump on back of neck...could it be a swollen or inflamed lymph node?

Yes: However this needs t be examined both when it is swollen and when it comes back.
Your other listed conditions could point to other causes besides infection and labs may be needed. ...Read more

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My 7 mth old had inflamed tonsils and a temp. She is now better but has developed a rash all round her neck - back. She is fine in herself. Is this ok?

My 7 mth old had inflamed tonsils and a temp. She is now better but has developed a rash all round her neck - back. She is fine in herself. Is this ok?

Probably: The rash may be from a viral infection and will likely go away in less than a week. If she does get sicker or the problem lingers, then you need to bring her to the doctor. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain. Upper trapezius inflamed an around the base of my neck, like my chest is pulling everything forward. Neck injury also. Help please.....

Shoulder pain. Upper trapezius inflamed an around the base of my neck, like my chest is pulling everything forward. Neck injury also. Help please.....

Pain: Muscle tightness int his region is what you are describing. However, you need to see a doctor to find out what the underlying source is that caused this in the first place. Then you would be able to receive appropriate treatment. ...Read more