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Enlarged neck lymph node. CAT scan biopsy negative for tumors and cancer. Had mono a year ago. Lymph node still extremely enlarged dr. Says inflamed?

Enlarged neck lymph node. CAT scan biopsy negative for tumors and cancer.  Had mono a year ago.  Lymph node still extremely enlarged dr. Says inflamed?

See clinic doc: Persistent enlarged lymph node after a year of mononucleosis is unusual though some rare individuals may have these reactions to the virus Epstein Barr. To know if the lymph node is related to the above, it is best to be examined by a clinic doc or specialist to review adequacy of biopsy or imaging. There are tests on biopsied tissue to tell if Its infection,other non neoplastic or something else ...Read more

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Had CT scan on neck during sinus infection. Dr found enlarged lymph nodes on scan. Said he couldn't tell size of them so referred me to ultrasound. Y?

Had CT scan on neck during sinus infection. Dr found enlarged lymph nodes on scan. Said he couldn't tell size of them so referred me to ultrasound. Y?

Contrast CT?: If your ct scan was done without contrast, it may be difficult to accurately measure the size of nodes, as they can blend into surrounding structures. A repeat study with intravenous contrast would be preferable to an ultrasound, which cannot see the entire anatomy of the neck. If the nodes are symmetrically enlarged and aren't larger than 12-15mm, they are likely reactive, not pathologic. ...Read more

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Swollen jugular lymph nodes, 5mm per CT scan. Has been swollen for over 6 months. Goiter. What's going on?

Swollen jugular lymph nodes, 5mm per CT scan. Has been swollen for over 6 months. Goiter.  What's going on?

Cervical LN caution!: Many inflammations can cause large cervical LNs. LN over 10 mm is generally abnormal. Danger of cervical LN enlargement is that such nodes frequently harbor head and neck neoplasms. If it persists may need biopsy. ...Read more

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After CT scan lymph nodes were found, concern of metastatic nodes are rounded in morphology in abdomina, doctor sugest to observe it till next CT ?

Consider biopsy if: Lymph nodes have increased in size and/or become more round (less like a kidney bean), especially in cancer patients, unless another possibility such as infection is likely. The lymph nodes need to be in a location where biopsy is possible, but the location is usually not a problem with ct guided biopsy. ...Read more

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Indeterminate but concerning lymph nodes in the mesenteric lymph nodes...In a CT scan report. Aslo 2 cyst near ovary. Doe this mean cancer.

Indeterminate but concerning lymph nodes in the mesenteric lymph nodes...In a CT scan report. Aslo 2 cyst near ovary. Doe this mean cancer.

Not necessarily: Why was the ct done in the first place? Slightly enlarged lymph nodes in the mesentery are not specific for cancer. They may be normal variant or inflamed nodes. Cysts in the ovary or near? If simple cysts unlikely to be malignant again. However, one's symptoms that led to ct scan should be the context in which one reviews imaging or lab results. ...Read more

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Would my doctor be able to see whether my lung cancer has spread to my lymph nodes on a CT scan?

Would my doctor be able to see whether my lung cancer has spread to my lymph nodes on a CT scan?

Yes, but with just a: Little more accuracy than a coin-flip based on size. Ct's miss small things, and falsely label benign things cancer. Proving nodal positivity is helped with pet scans, endoscopic ultrasonography with esophagoscopy or bronchoscopy, and sometimes surgery. Why the fuss? If nodes are +, the role of surgery is limited, and surgery is no picnic, and despite trying to prove its benefit, we're not sure. ...Read more

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Neck on r/side keeps swelling up , Mri showed an inlarged lymph node , all other scans were normal , had for 3 months now ... What could it be ?

If you have: persistent swollen lymph nodes on one side of your neck only , chances are its from an infection ( skin most likely source ESPECIALLY THE SCALP!!)) If this persists without a defined source lymph node biopsy might be the next step! Discuss this in detail with your Primary Care Physician! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more