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Doctor insights on: Inflammation Of The Thymus Gland

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My right side neck gland swollen for 4 months. Swelled up after a a viral bug. Left side went down. I had blood work and a CT scan. They couldn't find what cause it but I do have inflammation. I get 2-3 sec. Painful twinges on occasion. What is it?

My right side neck gland swollen for 4 months. Swelled up after a a viral bug. Left side went down. I had blood work and a CT scan. They couldn't find what cause it but I do have inflammation. I get 2-3 sec. Painful twinges on occasion. What is it?

Possibly reactive: Hello Sabrina. It seems like reactive lymphadenopathy due to infection most likely. You need a trial of antibiotic therapy and if the swelling persists then you may need further work up to rule out other etiologies. ...Read more

Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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Connections between inflammation due to kidney stones and swollen glands in neck/groin? I recently passed a kidney stone just b4 a CT. All are recent.

Connections between inflammation due to kidney stones and swollen glands in neck/groin? I recently passed a kidney stone just b4 a CT. All are recent.

Neck/groin: My apologies but I don't fully understand your comment.
Swollen glands in the neck should have no relationship to kidney.
Swollen glands in the groin along with the neck suggests the possibility of cancer.
I suspect that is not the case but would appreciate it if you could send me more detailed information. ...Read more

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I have been told I have resdidue tissue on my thymus gland but not cancerous should I still be concerned?

I have been told I have resdidue tissue on my thymus gland but not cancerous should I still be concerned?

Need more info: We all have a little bit of residual thymus in adult life. Did you have a thymus tumor that was treated? If you did not have any thymus tumor ever, residual thymus tissue is not a cause for concern, ...Read more

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Why is my son's sublingual gland inflammation still there a month after treatment? I need some advice.

Why is my son's sublingual gland inflammation still there a month after treatment? I need some advice.

Blockage/infection: Probably have blockage or infection. Sounds like you need to see an oral surgeon to determine why gland still inflamed and what needs to be done to treat it. ...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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What are foods that are good for the thymus gland and nervous system?

What are foods that are good for the thymus gland and nervous system?

Nutrient dense foods: Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit)
nutrient dense foods have beneficial effects on your nervous system, immune system and hormonal system and hence your thymus gland as well. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are food good for the thymus gland and nervous system?

Could you tell me what are food good for the thymus gland and nervous system?

Not certain: Eating fish is supposed to be good for the brain. I know of no food which nourishes your thymus, not even sweet bread. ...Read more

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Is it possible to feel pain in the lymph glands without inflammation?

Is it possible to feel pain in the lymph glands without inflammation?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. A lymph node "tastes" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and enlarges in response when they react. Pain may be present. ...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

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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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How is the thymus gland removed with minimally invasive surgery?

How is the thymus gland removed with minimally invasive surgery?

Thymus lives: Behind the sternum or breast bone. Splitting it to access it or coronary arteries for bypass leaves a long scar. Big blood vessels live behind, the heart below. Accessing from above was done to acess nodes, or the left pleural space with thoracoscopic scopes is plausible, reserving conversion to open if bleeding ensues. There are many important vessels and nerves. I'd pick mediastinotomy still. ...Read more

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What are the thymus glands and the hormones they secrete?

What are the thymus glands and the hormones they secrete?

Immune system: Before birth and throughout childhood, thymus is instrumental in the production and maturation of T-lymphocytes or T cells, specific type of white blood cell that protects body from certain viruses and other infections. Thymus produces and secretes thymosin, hormone necessary for T cell development and production. Thymus involutes following puberty. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, I have prostatitis and taking medicine from last 3 months (nafodil, terol, oflex & etc). There is no improvement in my condition. Doctor said I have inflammation and swelling in my prostate gland and not sure why there is no improvement with me

Hi Doctor, I have prostatitis and taking medicine from last 3 months (nafodil, terol, oflex & etc). There is no improvement in my condition. Doctor said I have inflammation and swelling in my prostate gland and not sure why there is no improvement with me

Non-infectious?: Some prostatitis is bacterial, but if so ofloxacin (Oflex) should have helped, and bacterial is uncommon at your age. Still, ask your doctor about "3 glass" urine culture to check for particular bacteria. For most prostatitis, due to non-infectious inflammation, antibiotics don't help. The other drugs were intended only to help relieve symptoms. Or maybe chronic pelvic pain syndrome (google it). ...Read more

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What is the role of the thymus gland in myasthenia gravis?

What is the role of the thymus gland in myasthenia gravis?

Treatment: Agree with dr. Brown. Often, abnormalities found in thymus. Probably more importantly is its role in treatment/possible cure. In appropriate candidates, thymectomy should be performed by a trained thoracic surgeon. This link may assist: http://goo. Gl/3xxmd. ...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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Inflammation from your meibomian glands cause eyelid margin thickness. Is thickness from chronic inflammation permanent? Can damaged mg's regenerate?

Meimobianitis: Yes, inflammation of the meibomian glands can result in lid thickening or swelling. Warm compresses, antibiotic / steroid drops, and treatment for dry eye syndrome important. Sometimes, a chalazian may result. See your local ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I have colloidal goiter and there is sporadic inflammation of my thyroid gland. Is there any cure for it?

I have colloidal goiter and there is sporadic inflammation of my thyroid gland. Is there any cure for it?

Some treatments...: Thyroid hormone replacement therapy is used in iodine deficiency. Hormone replacement decreases TSH and lets the thyroid recover. A large goiter that is not improving medical treatment or restricts swallowing/breathing may need partial or complete removal of the gland. If the goiter is making too much thyroid hormone, treatment with radioactive iodine, anti-thyroid meds, or surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Hello! I'm 20 yrs old Male from egypt n I've 1ml stone on Lt duct of parotid gland that causes inflammation n swelling repeatedly. What should I do?

Hello! I'm 20 yrs old Male from egypt n I've 1ml stone on Lt duct of parotid gland that causes inflammation n swelling repeatedly. What should I do?

Need to see ENT: You need to see ear nose and throat doctor they take care of this kind of the problem do not ignore it it can turn serious by causing infection so go and see a doctor good luck bilsalameh ...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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The doc said I had inflammation of the thyroid gland and that we will keep an eye on it. What causes this? Is it normal?

The doc said I had inflammation of the thyroid gland and that we will keep an eye on it. What causes this? Is it normal?

Eye exam: There are a number of causes of thyroid inflammation. You should follow closely with your primary doctor/endocrinologist. In addition, you should see an ophthalmologist for baseline evaluation because thyroid conditions may affect the eyes in some individuals. ...Read more

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Will an impacted wisdom tooth produce inflammation of the parotid gland?

Will an impacted wisdom tooth produce inflammation of the parotid gland?

Not usually.: You woudd have to have a major facial infection from the tooth to involve the parotid. Most if not all wisdom tooth problems are localized. ...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