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2cm lymph node on top of right carotid artery. Has not grown in 1 year. Is this okay as long as it does not grow or is it cutting off blood flow?

2cm lymph node on top of right carotid artery. Has not grown in 1 year. Is this okay as long as it does not grow or is it cutting off blood flow?

Probably ok: It's not cutting off circulation - your carotid artery is a thick walled, high pressure vessel that's not easily compressed. Lymph nodes in the neck are common and usually benign, but you should be carefully examined for other enlarged nodes in less common locations including on a chest x-ray before writing this 2 cm node off. The fact that it's not enlarging is very good. ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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Swollen lymph node on top of right CAROITED artery. It measures about 1.5 cm. doc said its benign. Can this cause complications since its on artery?

Swollen lymph node on top of right CAROITED artery. It measures about 1.5 cm. doc said its benign. Can this cause complications since its on artery?

Possibly: At node on the neurovascular bundle, that is carotid artery, jugular vein and vagus n.. is in essence a jugular vein node which most often represents possible pathology. Frequently pharyngeal and thyroid lesions spread to this node. Without biopsy, if the node is firm a diagnosis cant be made. If an additional node or enlargement occurs then excisional biopsy needede ...Read more

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I have external illiac artery at the same level, which could be lymph node metastases versus phlebolith. what does this all mean?

I have external illiac artery at the same level, which could be lymph node metastases versus phlebolith. what does this all mean?

Ask your doctors: The doctor who ordered the X-rays/scans also has to explain the findings to the patient. So you should have asked what it all means. I suspect there is some abnormality which may require follow up X-rays but your doctor is the one to seek guidance from. Right now it is only a suspect, small abnormaility which is ill defined. Perhaps a follow up in 3 to 6 months might clarify the nature of this abn ...Read more

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If u press on a lymph node firmly can you tear the large artery or vein in neck?

If u press on a lymph node firmly can you tear the large artery or vein in neck?

No: You may choke yourself or somebody else, please don't try it, let the doctors do it, they know how to examine without harm ...Read more

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I have a lump in neck on top of coroided artery 2cm. Very soft very moveable. Shrinks and swells depending on day. Is it a cyst or lymph node?

I have a lump in neck on top of coroided artery 2cm. Very soft very moveable. Shrinks and swells depending on day.  Is it a cyst or lymph node?

More info: Matt, for us to conclude something, need more background history and need to palpate to assess as to final conclusion. Please have your doctor look at it and then feel it after getting enough information. ...Read more

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If I have a lymph node or cyst on top of coroided artery right side. Could it cut off the blood flow and cause a blood clot?

Carotid body tumor: You might have a mass near neck artery called the carotid. If this is what your doctor told you, then carotid body tumor/mass is the topic. The mass usually forms just behind the artery, right where it separates into its two branches. You should get referred to a vascular specialist. And yes, there are potential complications, as you list. However, the potential is low with vascular specialist. ...Read more

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Carotid Arteries (Definition)

The carotid arteries start in the chest and progress up the sides of the neck. About mid neck they split and one branch supplies blood to the face the, the other continues without branches into the skull and supplies ...Read more