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Can a X-ray or a mammogram detect swollen lymph nodes around breast areas?

Can a X-ray or a mammogram detect swollen lymph nodes around breast areas?

Enlarged Lymph Nodes: Both can, but not necessarily. If you feel an enlarged lymph node, point it out to your doctor, ultrasound then is indicated, followed by ultrasound guided biopsy. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more


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Could a swollen lymph node be breast cancer?

Could a  swollen lymph node be breast cancer?

Possibly: A swollen lymph node in the armpit could be from breast cancer but in most patients, it is much more likely to be a benign swelling from a number of other causes. Regardless, you should have your doctor check it out. ...Read more

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What does swollen lymph nodes on right breast on mammogram mean?

What does swollen lymph nodes on right breast on mammogram mean?

There are: numerous causes of adenopathy, in most cases related to inflammation/infection. However, occult breast cancer or other malignancy are also possibilities. Your doctor needs to evaluate you for the cause of the adenopathy. ...Read more

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Doctor sent me in for blood work after noticing "a lot of swollen lymph nodes" around my breast. Fam history of cancer esp breast. What does this mean?

Doctor sent me in for blood work after noticing "a lot of swollen lymph nodes" around my breast. Fam history of cancer esp breast. What does this mean?

Hard to know yet.: Blood work could certainly answer some questions about your swollen lymph nodes. If, for example, they are swollen due to an infection, the blood work may show that. Your family history does increase your eventual risk for breast cancer, and, if other studies are not helpful, an imaging study of the breast, such as an ultrasound or mammogram, may help. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between a swollen lymph node in the breast and clustered pleomorphic microcalcifications?

Is there any connection between a swollen lymph node in the breast and clustered pleomorphic microcalcifications?

Breast calcification: There may or may not be a connection. Microcalcifications can be present in both benign and malignant breast conditions. I'd consult with a breast surgeon to see if biopsies should be obtained now or would watchful waiting be reasonable. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes underarm, sore breast, nipple pierced (but not in pain/no infection evidence), body aches. Could it be Related? What could it be?

Swollen lymph nodes underarm, sore breast, nipple pierced (but not in pain/no infection evidence), body aches. Could it be Related? What could it be?

Swollen lymph nodes: Yes it is related. The lymph nodes in that area will be swollen in response to trauma or infection of the breast or extremity on that side. Keep the piercing clean and apply antibiotic ointment twice daily. If it is not infected it should go away in a few weeks. Have it checked if it doesn't resolve. ...Read more

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Have swollen lymph nodes in 3 places, breast, groin and armpit. Could I have cancer?

Have swollen lymph nodes in 3 places, breast, groin and armpit. Could I have cancer?

Uncertain: Other things besides cancer can cause lymph node enlargement but it certainly warrants being checked out by you primary care physician. They may elect to follow you for a few weeks to see if it doesn't go away. If not, they may refer you to someone to do a sampling which can be done as a small surgery or needle procedure. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node under arm, breast and groin area. Lower back side aches, like period cramps, abdominal area fills bloated. No fever or night sweats?

Swollen lymph node under arm, breast and groin area. Lower back side aches, like period cramps, abdominal area fills bloated. No fever or night sweats?

Evaluation: You need to be evaluated by your doctor to have blood test for CBC ,EBV ,CMV and pet CT , and if pet CT is positive you need lymph nod biopsy to find the cause so be treated. ...Read more

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I still haven't started my, period yet & I have what feels 2 b swollen lymph nodes, on sides of both breast with a few early pregnant sympt. Whts happening?

Premenstrual: Sounds like premenstrual changes of increased hormonal levels. Could be early pregnancy signs as well. Get a test and monitor symptoms. See a gyn specialist if any persistent pain. ...Read more