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Meaning Of Lymph Nodes
Hard to say: 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
X-ray of chest: shows enlargement of mediastinal lymph nodes on both sides. ...Read more
Several lymph nodes adjacent to the pancreatic head, largest measuring 1.9 x 1.9 x 0.8 cm/ impression: several peri pancreatic lymph nodes. Meaning?
Ct results say numerous small subclinical lymph nodes in right and left neck. Submandibular and parities glands symmetrical in side to side. Meaning?
Most likely benign: We all have lymph nodes - they are the factories that build the cells and compounds that fight off infections. They can be seen on all ct scans, even in normal patients. When they enlarge, it can be due to infection or something else, like a tumor or lymphoma. Sometimes, even normal sized ones are abnormally functioning on a pet/ct. Symmetry is good, and small is good, almost always. ...Read more
Part of immunity: Lymph nodes are an essential part of our immune system. They not only generate precursor cells to what is termed "fixed tissue immune" processes, but they aid in formation of antibodies, they help fight any foreign materials in our body and they may be helpful in fighting certain tumors. We have a very complex and effective system to help combat disease and they are a big part. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Immune System HQ: The lymph nodes can be thought of as outposts for white blood cells. When there is an infection or inflammation in the area where a lymph node is draining fluid from, the white blood cells start to build up to fight it. This causes swelling in that node. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer