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Can you tell me about orthopedics | differential diagnosis of synovial swelling?

Can you tell me about orthopedics | differential diagnosis of synovial swelling?

Increased fluid: Synovial swelling is increased joint fluid within the joint. There is a large differential which would include trauma, inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid, degenerative arthritis, infection such as lyme. You should get it checked out. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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What to do if I have swelling in submandibular gland?

What to do if I have swelling in submandibular gland?

See an Oral Surgeon: Such a swelling may be a result of a dental abcess, salivary gland disease, or a stone in the duct of the gland, or even in rare cases, a carcinoma. An Oral Surgeon would be able to make a proper differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I get the swelling in right submandibular gland down?

How do I get the swelling in right submandibular gland down?

Blockage: Usually due to blockage of the duct from the gland. Massage, heat. You may need to see your md if it persists. Could be a tumor. ...Read more

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I have submandibular lymphnode swelling. I can only feel 2. 1 on each side and they are non painful. Maybe 3 cm? Normal? Could anorexia cause this?

I have submandibular lymphnode swelling. I can only feel 2. 1 on each side and they are non painful. Maybe 3 cm? Normal? Could anorexia cause this?

NO: Anorexia is not the cause...oral infection and on occasion submaxillary (saliva) gland swelling are more likely "the culprits"...Consult your Oral Health Provider for a definite diagnosis.

Hope this is helpful
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My 12 yr old son has got swelling on right mandible, what to do?

My 12 yr old son has got swelling on right mandible, what to do?

Jaw swelling: See a pedodontist or general dentist for an evaluation. Either one can handle most causes of the problem. If necessary, they can refer you to an endodontist or an oral surgeon if the required treatment requires that or they elect to refer the case out. ...Read more

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What to do if my 12 yr old son has got swelling on right mandible?

What to do if my 12 yr old son has got swelling on right mandible?

Take him: Take him to a Pedodontist or General Dentist immediately for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can I do for my 12 yr old son? He's had swelling on right mandible for months?

What can I do for my 12 yr old son? He's had swelling on right mandible for months?

For months?: MONTHS ago you should have brought him to a dentist to see if the problem is due to an infection or other dental issue. If it's not he should be seen by a Pediatrician. What were you waiting for? ...Read more

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Dear, doctor! Since recent 6-8 months I have swelling of gland underneath my mandible. But painless?

Dear, doctor! Since recent 6-8 months I have swelling of gland underneath my mandible. But painless?

You should be seen: Especially if you happen to be of Asian extraction. Most glands are fighting infection and are a bit painful. A gland that is very hard and not painful could be a sign of cancer. If not very hard and not painful, it is hard to say. Someone else needs to feel it to decide. It may not be a gland at all but a kind of cyst. Don't mess with it until you are seen and evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more

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My wisdom tooth is coming out and my Submandibular gland in the same side is swelling on and off but never goes completely normal. Is this worrying?

My wisdom tooth is coming out and my Submandibular gland in the same side is swelling on and off but never goes completely normal. Is this worrying?

Wisdom tooth: See a dentist, preferably an Oral Surgeon to determine in the tooth needs to be removed. Don't merely worry, act by getting it evaluated for palliative treatment, antibiotics if necessary and/or removal before it flares up and you have a bigger problem. ...Read more

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My left submandibular gland was swollen. Now the swelling decreased but not to the normal size. No pain no fever. When I press on it, it decrease in size?

My left submandibular gland was swollen. Now the swelling decreased but not to the normal size. No pain no fever. When I press on it, it decrease in size?

Swollen saliva gland: A saliva gland (submandibular glands below the tongue/jaw) may enlarge when there is blockage of the duct. When the blockage is incomplete, the gland will enlarge, then decrease, and may not cause pain. It may indicate "sludging" of the saliva, or presence of a stone. Have an ENT physician examine it. Www. Mainlineent. Com. ...Read more

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Swollen submandibular for 2 weeks. Diagnosed with TMD (limited opening, jaw pain) and GERD (had scope). Is swelling related, or sign of larger issue?

Swollen submandibular for 2 weeks. Diagnosed with TMD (limited opening, jaw pain) and GERD (had scope). Is swelling related, or sign of larger issue?

Infection/ inflamef: Most of the time swelling of submandibular glands is related to an infection in the head/ neck area in the side of the head of the swollen gland. From a tooth, gum infection, throat or upper respiratory condition, oral cancer, trauma, ear infection, sinusitis or many other conditions can result in swollen glands. Have a comprehensive oral exam. ...Read more

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I have been feeling slight left side teeth pain when chewing yesterday, later on in the day I my submandibular lymph node feels tender no swelling?

I have been feeling slight left side teeth pain when chewing yesterday, later on in the day I my submandibular lymph node feels tender no swelling?

Infection: When you have pain in your teeth, and a tender lymph node; this is an infection until proven otherwise.
You need antibiotics x 10 days.
After 10 days, if no improvement, then more serious issues need to be investigated. ...Read more

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Swollen submental & right submandibular gland, 43 y/o female, blood work ok, CT scan of neck shows swelling, but otherwise ok. Antibiotics don't work?

Swollen submental & right submandibular gland, 43 y/o female, blood work ok, CT scan of neck shows swelling, but otherwise ok. Antibiotics don't work?

Lymphadenopathy: These lymph nodes are likely to be reacting and fighting an inflammatory process in that anatomical zone. Antibiotics may resolve a regional infection but may not influence the reactive lymphatic hyperplasia. If your doctor thinks these may be significant they can always be biopsied, but not if they cannot be seen by ct. ...Read more

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What would cause persistent soft tissue swelling in the mandible after tooth infection and abscess have cleared up? Also paresthesia in chin.

What would cause persistent soft tissue swelling in the mandible after tooth infection and abscess have cleared up? Also paresthesia in chin.

Infection: The most likely culprit is a residual locus of infection that requires additional rx. Could also be an adjacent tooth that needs rx, a gum disease problem, nerve damage, etc. You have to be seen, examined, to be diagnosed and treated. Please call your dentist...Endodontist, periodontist, or oral surgeon may need to be consulted. ...Read more

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If I had metastatic mandible cancer would there be a lump in my mouth? The lump is moveable and swelling went down with antibiotics. Yes I worry alot.

See your dentist: See your dentist immediately. The dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon if a biopsy is necessary. You state that the swelling goes down with an antibiotic, therefore a radiograph may ascertain if this is associated with a tooth, either endodontic or periodontic. ...Read more

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I am experiencing  knee pain for the past 5 years- Painful swollen joints, Knee swelling, and Joint stiffness. Gradually getting worse. MRI showed only inflamation. Do I need to go to ortho dr? What can I expect to hear as diagnosis?

I am experiencing  knee pain for the past 5 years- Painful swollen joints, Knee swelling, and Joint stiffness. Gradually getting worse. MRI showed only inflamation. Do I need to go to ortho dr? What can I expect to hear as diagnosis?

Yes and Rheumatology: It sounds to me like you have a polyarthritis that may be an inflammatory arthritis. Lab tests for connective tissue disease are not routinely performed, but in your case I would test for Lyme disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, and other causes of polyarthropathy. Do your painful swollen joints migrate? Any joint fluid taken for analysis? Any trauma? Full history and exam indicated. ...Read more

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What would cause submandibular glands to swell on both sides of my neck? They are palpable. No pain. No other symptoms at all. Very worried!!

What would cause submandibular glands to swell on both sides of my neck? They are palpable. No pain. No other symptoms at all. Very worried!!

Lymph nodes?: You may be noting lymph nodes that are enlarged. The lymph system helps to drain the body of infections. The infection could be as simple as a common head cold. It is likely not your submandibular salivary glands that you are feeling. If the swelling is still noticeable in a week, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can you swell the submandibular glands by constantly feeling for them?

Can you swell the submandibular glands by constantly feeling for them?

It's possible: If you are constantly rubbing or manipulating your glands or lymph nodes, you can definitely irritate them. This irritation leads to inflammation, and swelling which will lead to painful glands or nodes. If you notice yourself constantly feeling your neck, try to think of an activity to keep your hands busy, or go for a walk. No need to be concerned. Hang in there!! ...Read more

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A 30 yr old man complains of swelling at the inguinal area. What is the diagnosis? What brings about the diagnosis and how will you manage the man?

Not enough info: Complicated question from Ghana. STD needs to be considered - LGV. DIstal infections, parasites as well as neoplastic processes. ...Read more

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I have pain in lower right jawline, and also feel swelling under it. I must also tell you m on provisional diagnosis of Bechet disease?

Oral pain: All the more reason to contact your dentist. A dental infection can exasperate symptoms of Bechet's disease. Schedule an appointment ASAP. ...Read more

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What's the diagnosis of a reddish swelling on the lower part of the leg and on touching it you feel it's solid somehow?

What's the diagnosis of a reddish swelling on the lower part of the leg and on touching it you feel it's solid somehow?

Red tender lower leg: Without seeing this one must guess. But, the most worriesome situation would be a deep vein blood clot. This can be fatal and need to be urgently seen and treated.

Slightly less worriesome but no less painful is phlebitis or an infection of the lower leg blood vessels leading to painful swelling.

Please do not wait on getting to good health car if you are experiencing these symptoms. ...Read more

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Differential Diagnosis (Definition)

Is a process of elimination, to look at several possibilities for diagnosing a probable illness, through process of elimination, to narrow those probabilities, so as a ...Read more