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Are cancerous lymph nodes typically identifiable on a chest x-ray?

Are cancerous lymph nodes typically identifiable on a chest x-ray?

Not always: A typical chest xray is not very sensitive in finding abnormal lymph nodes. The best radiographic tests are chest cat scan and pet/cat scan when indicated. ...Read more

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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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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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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

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Enlarged lymph node in neck vs an enlarged carotid artery? Once ultrasound differentiates, then what? 3cm 2+mo fatigue normal chest X-ray and cbc

Enlarged lymph node in neck vs an enlarged carotid artery? Once ultrasound differentiates, then what? 3cm 2+mo fatigue normal chest X-ray and cbc

The: Artery will pulsate as the heart beats. So the work up should include biopsy of the lymph node to see if correlation with fatigue. Good luck! ...Read more

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Have a few pinhead mobile lymph nodes in two diff regions of the neck. CBC labs and chest x-rays normal, should I still be worried?

Have a few pinhead mobile lymph nodes in two diff regions of the neck. CBC labs and chest x-rays normal, should I still be worried?

Not really: Tiny lymph nodes are usually quiescent and most commonly represent reaction to present or past inflammatory process. They most commonly are benign. ...Read more

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My lymph nodes hurt. They are not swollen just hurt. Neck, armpit, chest, groin. All periodically. I have had bloodwork and x-rays no lymphoma. Idea?

My lymph nodes hurt. They are not swollen just hurt. Neck, armpit, chest, groin. All periodically. I have had bloodwork and x-rays no lymphoma. Idea?

See your doctor: Blood work and x--rays do not exclude the possibility of lymphoma. But if the nodes are not enlarged, lymphoma is extremely unlikely. Viral infections such as mono may lead to tender nodes. Discuss it further with your health care provider. ...Read more

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