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What Do Swollen Lymph Nodes Mean On A Mammogram
Been having swollen lymph nodes come up in both armpits for 6 mnths now had mammogram and clear what should I do now still getting them?
Widen the search: You and your healthcare provider need to widen the search for possible enlarged lymph nodes. This often requires looking for various types of inflammatory pathology (problems) like different types of infections and even cancers (though you issues may have nothing to do with cancer). Please make sure you discuss this with your doctor if you haven't otherwise. ...Read more
A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more
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
Often it is from inf:
Most often, infections cause lymph nodes to swell up; they are usually painful.
But painless swelling of lymph nodes can be more serious and often it is caused by cancer of the lymph nodes (lymphoma) or spread of cancer from inside into lymph nodes will cause them to swell up. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the location and the size of the lymph nodes. If they are bigger than 1.5-2 cm, or if they are continuing to increase in size, then a biopsy should done to find out the cause. Lymph nodes are commonly swollen due to infections or inflammation. They may also be increased in size due to cancer of the lymph nodes, a condition called lymphoma. ...Read more
Infection: This is usually a sign of infection. You should see your doctor to get worked up for the infection and treated. ...Read more
See your doctor: See your doctor to have it evaluated. Many possible causes. ...Read more
Many things: Many causes for enlarged nodes, both malignant and not. You need to see a doc for a good physical exam and maybe additional tests. Do it asap. Best to you. ...Read more
Get it evaluated: It means that it absolutely needs to be evaluated to determine the cause. That includes, blood tests, scans and a possible biopsy of a node. Do not delay. ...Read more
Usually nothing.: This is the place where enlarged lymph glands are most often found. If not tender or hard, and if they are under 1 cm in diameter there usually is no problem. If that is not the case, or if there are other symptoms like fever, night sweats or weight loss, they might need to be biopsied. ...Read more
Several things: A few small nodes (less than 1 cm) are not uncommon in the groins. These are usually due to injury or infection and are usually harmless. However, if your groin nodes seem getting larger over times, you should check with your doctor since besides infection, many cancers can cause this. Some examples are lymphoma, melanoma, or testicular cancer (in men), or cervical cancer (in women). ...Read more
Swollen lymph nodes in both armpits. One red and one not. What does it mean if the red one is more sensitive?
What does it mean if my 5yr old son woke up with ping pong size swollen lymph nodes on both sides of his neck?
50/50 strep or viral: Very large anterior cervical lymph nodes are seen particularly in strep throat. A fever would almost certainly be going along with that. You can also see very large lymph nodes with mononucleosis and other viruses so in itself is just a warning sign to keep a close eye probably get a doctor to look at him and do a throat culture. ...Read more
Lymph node involvement indicates an immune response; usually the presence of an
infection. Some infections can enter a joint space, causing pain and swelling, heat and redness. ...Read more
Infection: Lymph node swelling usually is secondary to and inflammatory process though malignancies can also do this. Associated joint pain is usually present with infections or inflammatory diseases. ...Read more
It depends: While swollen lymph nodes and joint pain could be from an infection, these symptoms may be signs of a more serious condition. You should see your doctor for further testing to determine the cause. ...Read more
Swollen lymph nodes: Many times swollen lymph nodes happen as a reaction to something/a condition occurs in the head and neck area- like if you have any inflammation, infection, or other process including malignancy that happens in the mouth, tongue, throat etc. Your ENT will evaluate your ear, mouth and throat area to see if there is anything explaining the lymph nodes and do necessary work-up -may include a biopsy. ...Read more
Typically indicates: Some sort of infection. Best to be seen by your pcp. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I always get swollen lymph nodes come and go even when I was a child. Never feel sick or symptoms of anything. What could it mean? Usually behind ears
Great!!!: It suggests your immune system is functioning well! ...Read more
Cyst or lymph node: Lumps in the axillae/arm pit are usually sebaceous/glandular cysts or lymph nodes. The cysts will usually seem to be part of the skin or just below it. The cysts can also turn red and develop a pustular head that bursts, like a large pimple. Warm compress accelerates healing. The lymph nodes are deep, under the skin. Lymph nodes or progressive swelling needs evaluation by a primary care providr ...Read more
Had a Ct scan for swollen lymph nodes results came back that no swollen lymph nodes were found. I can feel they are clearly there what does this mean?
Hard to: Say without viewing the scan, but a CT in most cases should be able to easily visualize enlarged lymph nodes. Keep in mind that you may be able to feel normal lymph nodes, and also that an abnormal lymph node may be normal in size (and therefore look normal on CT). A hard or painful lymph node may still be normal in size. CT can only discern size and shape. ...Read more
Swollen lymph nodes throughout head and neck, big scabs in head, elevated rdw-cv and elevated abs monocytes. What could this mean?
Probably nothing: This is a constellation of minor anomalies such as any generally healthy person may have. Lab reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. You need a general physician or skin Dr. To evaluate your scalp (?), & serum iron and TIBC to search for mild iron deficiency (commonly raises RCW before anemia sets in). Malignant nodes aren't subtle. ...Read more
Can a swollen lymph node show up on a mammogram or regular X-ray if it is close to the breast area?
Possibly: There are lymph nodes in the axillary area (armpit) as well as within the breast tissue called intramammary node. Enlarged as well as normal nodes can be frequently seen on a mammogram. If you have a newly swollen or enlarged node or if your mammogram showed a new change, further evaluation is needed. An infectious or a malignant process need to be ruled out. ...Read more
My doctor says I need aditional views and ultrasound because mammogram showed enlarged lymph nodes. Should I be worried?
It is normal: To be concerned, but there are many causes of enlarged lymph nodes, breast cancer is one of them, but not nearly the most common. Your doctor is being thorough. ...Read more
No a good sign: If u have swollen gland u need to see an oncologist /hematologist ...Read more
Sure: Depends on the cause. Swollen nodes caused by infection or inflammation would be expected to go back to normal whereas those caused by cancer normally keep on growing (there are exceptions even to this, though). Moral of the story: unexplained enlargement of nodes should be evaluated by your doc. Best to you. ...Read more
It depends on their: Size. In general, they are bean shaped and feel firm but not hard. They may be tender to the touch. Lymph nodes that are cancerous tend to be fixed in one place, while "benign" nodes wiggle somewhat under the skin. Nodes that pop up over a short period of time are usually caused by nearby infection. Strep throat, for example can cause noticeable swell of nodes in the neck. Dr. anne ...Read more
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