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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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Do enlarged supraclavicular lymph nodes show up on a chest X-ray?

Do enlarged supraclavicular lymph nodes show up on a chest X-ray?

Unlikely: While possible in a slim patient with a Very enlarged supraclavicular node, normally the chest x-ray would look unremarkable and you'd need a chest CT to identify this finding. ...Read more

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Left supraclavic edema, soft and no lymph nodes. No pain, enlarges with valsava, present for >3months. Chest X-ray ok. Getting ultrasound soon, ideas?

Left supraclavic edema, soft and no lymph nodes. No pain, enlarges with valsava, present for >3months. Chest X-ray ok. Getting ultrasound soon, ideas?

R/O LIPOMA: Supraclaviclar enlargement is worisome. You need a full lab work up to rule out lymphoma/lipoma/sarcoidosis. CT SCAN Of chest/Abd/pelvis and a gallium scan. Eventually the area will need to be biopsied to make a pathological diagnosis ...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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Normal chest X-ray & abdominal/pelivic CT scan, but positive TB skin test? I have low grade fevers, extreme fatigue & swollen lymph nodes. Tb?

Normal chest X-ray & abdominal/pelivic CT scan, but positive TB skin test? I have low grade fevers, extreme fatigue & swollen lymph nodes. Tb?

Unlikely TB: It is unusual to have TB with a normal chest x-ray. You need to see your doctor get a work-up ASAP. ...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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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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