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What Causes Enlarged Lymph Nodes In Lungs
My son is coughing and has enlarged lymph nodes. Two small ones on each side of his neck (for over 8 weeks) and a new one the size of a cherry pit.
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Inflammation: Enlarged lymph nodes occur when the immune system is active in a part of the body (a regional factory and distibution site for inflammatory cells which travel from the bloodstream and into the lymphatic fluid). Sources of inflammation in the lungs include infection, autoimmune disorders, injury of lung tissue, chronic respiratory inflammation, and malignancies. ...Read more
Does a chest x Ray reveal enlarged lymph nodes in neck area such as under the thymus gland caused by lymphoma?
The thymus gland: Is not in the neck, it is in the chest (anterior mediastinum). If the lymph nodes get large enough, the chest xray will be abnormal. However, a chest xray is not a reliable way to rule out adenopathy, because the lymph nodes have to get quite bulky to show up. CT is a much more sensitive and specific test for mediastinal adenopathy. ...Read more
Your lymph nodes are "factories" for your immune system to produce a variety of substances and cells for fighting off infection. They can enlarge with even a cold. The swollen "glands" in the neck when you have strep throat are really lymph nodes.
So, mildly enlarged nodes, especially if they have no or little FDG uptake on a pet/ct scan, are likely benign. Please see your health care provider. ...Read more
No lymph nodes in th: Inside the chest there is only one location for the lymph nodes and that area is in between the lungs.... It is called mediastinum. Enlarged nodes in the mediastinum are often caused by some serious illnesses. So it must be checked further by your doctor. ...Read more
I have Lymphoproliferative disorders in both lungs, & have enlarged lymph nodes N neck/shoulders, armpits & groin area. What type of Doc do I go to?
Heme/Onc: A hematologist/oncologist would be the right specialist to consult your health issues. ...Read more
Mesenteric lymph node bx showed possible reactive lymphoid process. Now Oncology consult due to mult. Enlarged lymph nodes/lung nodules. Being cautious?
Yes: Plan for a normal future. These biopsies are often difficult and you'd do well to have a few pathologists look at it. ...Read more
I have a thyroid cyst, 10 enlarged lymph nodes in neck & 8 in groin, lung scarring, high k, low na, lower wbc, hypotension & a long list of symptoms?
Internist: You're not going to get a diagnosis in an on-line forum. You obviously have a complicated problem that will require a comprehensive evaluation. If your local doctor can't help, seek help at an academic center with a general internist. You're only 113 miles from DES moines. Ps, hi k and low na with low BP suggests addison's disease. ...Read more
I have enlarged lymph nodes in my chest ranging from 12.9-16.3mm, and what size should I be concerned or get a biopsy.
Not now: A ln must get to be 2 cm (20 mm) to be considered enlarged. Based on your medication list you are being treated for infection. Ln "enlarge" as part of the healthy response to infection. No concern here. ...Read more
First concern: Comes to everyone's mind is always cancer! that is why further diagnostic tests/ imaging are being done to help make a diagnosis and be more conclusive. Just wait for the results and hear from your doctor. Technology is far too advanced now, lots of treatment options are now available more than ever! Good luck. ...Read more
I have very enlarged lymph nodes in my chest, also have been sweating to where im drenched in the morning when I wake up. Should I be worried?
Get an exam: Please go to a Family Doctor's office or clinic for an exam as soon as possible. Although your condition could be benign if it is something more serious like cancer the cure rate is very good with early diagnosis and treatment. After a complete history and physical exam more studies may be indicated. ...Read more
Very enlarged lymph nodes in neck and upper back and collarbone and chest. Why is it hard to swallow? Feels like I have thick phlegm that won't go dwn
Need to see M.D: You need to see a doctor--this needs a good exam and blood work and chest xrays. ...Read more
What does no m. calcific. Mean on CT of chest"No mediastinal or hilar abnormally enlarged lymph nodes or masses. There is no mediastinal calcification"?
That means there: Are no abnormal lymph nodes. In other words, it looks fine in that region. ...Read more
I have had MRSA 3 times. Now I have a very sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes with abscesses over them, chest pain, red eyes, and bad cough. Mrsa again?
Probably: The abscesses over the lymph nodes is a sign of mrsa. Get cultures and antibiotics. Check your gammaglobulins. ...Read more
Lung tumor: Chest or mediastinal lymph nodes associated with a lesion in the lung most often represent metastasis from a lung primary. This can further be defined by mediastinoscopy and lymph node biopsy or if in the proper position, thoracoscopy removing the lung nodule. A PET/CAT before any procedure will tell whether the nodes are malignant as whether the lung lesion is malignant. ...Read more
It depends on size: Unless these nodes are large (more than 2cm) you do not need to worry. But many diseases affect lymph nodes. Some of the considerations include infections (tb, sarcoid, fungal infections), lymph gland cancers like lymphomas or cancer spread from the lungs or elsewhere in the body. But I would not worry unless they are large enough as the radiologists often over read them anytime they are >0.5cm. ...Read more
I have enlarged lymph nodes due to follicular lphoma, what are thoughts on massage? Will it cause any problems?
Likely not: There should be no issue, but would suggest you ask your oncologist first. ...Read more
I have 6 enlarged lymph nodes on the left side of my neck. Just had one removed for biopsy yesterday. What could this be caused by?
Let us wait: We have to wait for biopsy results. You have not described any other symptoms. It is hard to guess at this stage. ...Read more
What could be the cause of chronically enlarged lymph nodes to neck in an otherwise healthy child? Is an ultrasound to evaluate helpful or not needed?
Often normal: Truth is that some kids just have robust lymph nodes. They are your friends. Be thankful for good health. ...Read more
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