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Dr. Michael Thompson
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Lymphoma (Definition)

A malignancy developing in the lymphocytes of lymph glands. They present as an enlarging node that continues to grow and then ...Read more


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How likely it is for a bulging in my parpebral conjunctiva and under my tongue be MALT lymphoma? Noticed them recently, possibly there for a long time. Swollen node on neck too. Ultrasound in 2 weeks

How likely it is for a bulging in my parpebral conjunctiva and under my tongue be MALT lymphoma? Noticed them recently, possibly there for a long time. Swollen node on neck too. Ultrasound in 2 weeks

May need a Biopsy: The only way to diagnose MALT lymphoma (or any other Cancer) is with a biopsy and microscopic examination of the tissue. If your nodes are growing and are bigger than 1-2 cm, a biopsy would be desirable to confirm the cause of nodal enlargement. ...Read more

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What is the best malt lymphoma treatment or medication?

What is the best malt lymphoma treatment or medication?

Depends on the site.: If gastric, treat the h.Pylori first. If it's still persistent of if inovlving airway or eye, usually radiation therapy alone is curative. Some medical oncologists like to give rituxan, (rituximab) but that is controversial. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of malt lymphoma if it spread to the bone marrow?

Usually none: Hello,
malt lymphoma in the thymus does not commonly involve the marrow but it does need to be checked. Sometimes you don't see any changes or symptoms. Occasionally you may see a lower white blood count, hemoglobin, or platelet count that suggests involvement. Good luck. ...Read more

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Thymectomy done, biopsy showed extra nodal marginal zone lymphoma as diagnosis. Is it possible the resection cured me of malt lymphoma?

Thymectomy done, biopsy showed extra nodal marginal zone lymphoma as diagnosis. Is it possible the resection cured me of malt lymphoma?

Yes: Hello-
your doctor may do some testing to make sure it is not anywhere else but if it is a stage I malt lymphoma then resection is the only treatment required and cure is possible.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you have malt lymphoma with no symptoms? What are the usual symptoms?

Yes you can: Malt lymphomas are typical indolent and asymptomatic. They can involve the lymph nodes or be infiltrating an organ. Symptoms, when present, are due to local compression causing swelling or local pain if the tumor has grown to a good sized mass. ...Read more

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Can gastric malt lymphoma cause swollen taste buds on back of tongue?

Not typically: Gastric malt lymphoma is usually characterized by being localized to the stomach alone. The back of the tongue is a part of another lymphatic region known as waldeyer's ring and people can develop lymphoma there, but swollen tastebuds is not a common appearance for lymphoma. So they are not guaranteed to be related. If you have a gastric malt and are suspicious, see an ent. ...Read more

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What would be the symptoms of a MALT lymphoma con the eye?

What would be the symptoms of a MALT lymphoma con the eye?

Eyelid swelling: MALTOMA in the eye, like other sites arise from mucosa of that organ as the name is acronym for mucosa associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma. Hence swelling of eye mucosal conjuctiva on upper or lower lids or on adjacent sweat ducts are first sign and symptoms may include painLess Eye bulge redness, double vision, and usually without loss of vision. Seek consult Either way since IntraOcular NHL occur ...Read more

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For months, I’ve had a worsening feeling of a lump or construction in my rt neck above collarbone; worst when lying down. Recent Thyroid US was clear. I’m concerned about possible Lymphoma or other conditions involving the Supraclavicular node.

For months, I’ve had a worsening feeling of a lump or construction in my rt neck above collarbone; worst when lying down. Recent Thyroid US was clear. I’m concerned about possible Lymphoma or other conditions involving the Supraclavicular node.

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor and discuss if you may be depressed. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, exercise may help. Start with low intensity exercise such as walking and gradually increase the intensity at tolerated.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Hashimotos disease; is my gradual onset (5 weeks) neck pain and localized swelling caused by neck strain or cervical lymphoma 2* thyroid disease?

Hashimotos disease; is my gradual onset (5 weeks) neck pain and localized swelling caused by neck strain or cervical lymphoma 2* thyroid disease?

UnlikelyButGetChecke: Hashimoto Disease is an auto immune disease which affects thyroid gland. It can pain in any joint and muscles. It can increase your risk of getting a rare kind of thyroid cancer called Thyroid Lymphoma.That is a very rare occurrence in some. But it is not cervical Lymphoma. Since you have a concern about it and have a nodule in thyroid gland. Get it checked by your endocrinologist asap. ...Read more

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I had thyroid CT scan, everything was normal. Had labs today for upcoming app. & doctor ordered lymphoma blood test. Any reason why if scan was normal?

I had thyroid CT scan, everything was normal. Had labs today for upcoming app. & doctor ordered lymphoma blood test. Any reason why if scan was normal?

Unrelated diseases: Hi. The lymphoma blood test (flow cytometry, I assume) looks for a monoclonal white cell population. A CT of the thyroid (not a standard or ideal test for thyroid evaluation) looks for anatomical abnormalities of the thyroid. Thyroid anatomical abnormalities and lymphoma are distinct conditions with the very rare exception of thyroid lymphoma. Have you had a needle biopsy of your thyroid? ...Read more

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R- side neck pain, decreased appetite, weightloss, drenching night sweats, on/off thyroid swelling dry cough. Clean blood, x-ray, & u/s. Not lymphoma?

R- side neck pain, decreased appetite, weightloss, drenching night sweats, on/off thyroid swelling dry cough. Clean blood, x-ray, & u/s. Not lymphoma?

Many possibilities.: Lymphoma usually isn't painful, but the other symptoms could fit. However, there are a number of other possibilities. The thyroid swelling is suspicious for thyroiditis. If that is ruled out, ct scan of neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis may be helpful, or possibly a pet/ct. Various infections, and autoimmune diseases can cause similar symptoms to malignancies. ...Read more

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Would a cat scan of the neck show cancer including lymphoma?

Would a cat scan of the neck show cancer including lymphoma?

Yes it could: But sometimes other imaging studies are needed as well. ...Read more

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Can you always see a swollen lymph node in the neck caused by lymphoma?

Many Causes: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Would someone with lymphoma only have one swollen lymph node in the neck?

It depends...: The most common cause of cervical lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes in the neck area), especially at a young age, is infection/inflammation. The diagnosis of lymphoma relies on a constellation of clinical signs and symptoms including unexplained weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, lack of appetite, progressively growing lymph nodes, etc. If highly suspicious, a lymph node biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes was swollen in neck, now they have shrunk a little bit, so considering they have shrunk does this rule out cancers like lymphoma?

Healthy Immunity: Swollen lymph nodes are a sign of health, not a sign of disease. They are doing their job. They fight off infections all day long, even when you do not know you have been exposed to something. You do not have Lymphoma. You have a normal healthy immune system. ...Read more

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Are lymphoma lymph nodes moveable? I have a lump in my neck that is tiny but when I turn my neck it gets slightly bigger. It is also quite mobile.

Are lymphoma lymph nodes moveable? I have a lump in my neck that is tiny but when I turn my neck it gets slightly bigger. It is also quite mobile.

Lymphoma: Nodes are usually quite large with variable mobility. A single cervical lymph node is quite common and not usually cause for alarm unless it enlarges or becomes hard. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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1.5 cm soft movable left cervical node on neck for 10 days, blood normal Dr wasn't concerned, but tissue swelling around it on SCM, possibly lymphoma?

1.5 cm soft movable left cervical node on neck for 10 days, blood normal Dr wasn't concerned, but tissue swelling around it on SCM, possibly lymphoma?

Lymphoma unlikely: What you describe is an inflammatory node in all likelihood. Lymphoma nodes are usually larger, multiple and less mobile. Nevertheless, if this node persists for more than a month, you should have it rechecked by your doctor. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Lymphnodes swollen in neck for 3 years could it be lymphoma?

3 years?: Unlikely to be malignancy if the nodes have been around (and unchanged) for 3 years. If you have seen changes recently or are having other symptoms (swallowing/breathing problems, fevers/night sweats), see an ENT surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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1 swollen lymph node 5 months in neck, movable, unattached, no other symptoms. Is this lymphoma?

Can't be sure: A single enlarged node in the neck can have multiple causes and certainly needs to be evaluated by an ENT physician or general surgeon. They may recommend biopsy to determine exactly what the node is. Suggest you have your primary care evaluate first and schedule referral.

Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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The left side of mt neck and face are swollen. How can I tell if my lymphnodes are swollen? And can they cause facial swelling? Lymphoma?

LN DDx: The differential diagnosis (ddx) or multiple possible causes of increased size of lymph nodes (ln) or lymphadenopathy is large. You should see a doctor to see if you have an infection. A cancer such as lymphoma is a possibility, but so are many other causes. ...Read more

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What are the statistics of lymphoma in young adults (21) What are the odds that neck lumps could be cancerous? Have severe anxiety, please help!

Relax: All young adults have at least one, and usually 2-4, palpable neck nodes. The ones that are lymphoma -- usually Hodgkin's -- are obviously abnormal (size, consistency). ...Read more

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For 1/2-1 yr, I have enlarged neck (cervical) lymph nodes. Always a large 1 (size of thumbprint) on left neck & sometimes smaller 1s too. Lymphoma?

??: There are many causes of enlarged cervical lymph nodes. Any diagnosis online would be guessing. First see doctor to diagnose if it is lymph node or something else. Good luck. ...Read more

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For 1/2-1 yr, I have enlarged neck (cervical) lymph nodes. Always a large 1 (size of thumbprint) on left neck & sometimes smaller 1s too. Lymphoma?

Lympadenopathy: Enlarged lymphnodes can be common and the thoughts of a serious cause such as lymphoma is always in the back of ones head. O good complete history and physical exam is important as well as some routine testing, including at the least a cbc-diff. The definitive diagnosis however for chronic lymphnode enlargement is a biopsy. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more