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What does a reactive lymph node mean? I've had a fever for 3 months now along with severe fatigue and night sweats. High basophils and monocytes.

What does a reactive lymph node mean? I've had a fever for 3 months now along with severe fatigue and night sweats. High basophils and monocytes.

Uncertain diagnosis: This is a diagnosis given when the lymph node biopsy is not clearly normal or clearly cancerous. This should lead you to seek a second oipninion either with a lymphoma expert of a expert lymphoma Pathologist. Request your oncologist to help you in this regard. As long as you have fever and enlarged lymph nodes, the question of lymphoma as the cause has to be on our minds. Good luck

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Reactive lymph nodes, mean cancer?

Reactive lymph nodes, mean cancer?

No.: Generally, when someone describes lymph nodes as "reactive", they mean that the lymph node abnormality / enlargement is caused by a benign condition (such as an irritant or infection or inflammation) and not a malignancy. It is not always possible to determine to what a node is "reacting", but use of the wording "reactive" generally connotes a benign / non-malignant process.

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Does abnormal or reactive lymph nodes mean cancer? How common would a lymphatic cancer be in an 18 year old?

Does abnormal or reactive lymph nodes mean cancer? How common would a lymphatic cancer be in an 18 year old?

Lymphadenitis: Or swollen lymph nodes due to viral or bacterial infection. The swollen lymph nodes caused by cancer is not very common condition. I don't think that your case is any different.. If concerned, check with your pcp.

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Please someone tel me what "small non enlarged incidental bilateral reactive lymph nodes" mean on a MRI report of the neck? I hav constant pain n neck

Please someone tel me what "small non enlarged incidental bilateral reactive lymph nodes" mean on a MRI report of the neck? I hav constant pain n neck

Common finding: The nodes int he posterior triangle of the neck are often enlarged from almost any kind of infection. But if they persist then they might be enlarged for some other reason. You should follow this carefully.

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What does it mean when a dr says cervical lymph nodes may be reactice?

What does it mean when a dr says cervical lymph nodes may be reactice?

Inflammed: Reactive lymph nodes are usually swollen and or tender from allergy or infection. After treatment for the primary cause of the reaction, the reactive lymph nodes resolve and the swelling and or tenderness resolves.

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What do reactive lymph nodes from a CT report mean?

What do reactive lymph nodes from a CT report mean?

Reactive lymph: Nodes generally refer to lymph nodes enlarged by benign inflammatory/infectious processes.

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What does it mean on an MRI report of "bilateral reactive lymph nodes"? Doc isn't concerned about it says don't need to biopsy it...I'm concerned

What does it mean on an MRI report of "bilateral reactive lymph nodes"? Doc isn't concerned about it says don't need to biopsy it...I'm concerned

Reactive: Nodes appear somewhat larger than normal but overall maintain a normal lymph node appearance. They are quite common and often seen in the groin, neck, and axillae.

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What does small, non enlarged incidental reactive lymph nodes that are noted on the neck, which are probably reactive, mean on an MRI of neck? Should I be scared about cancer?

What does small, non enlarged incidental reactive lymph nodes that are noted on the neck, which are probably reactive, mean on an MRI of neck? Should I be scared about cancer?

We all have lymph. .: Nodes, and radiologists see them all the time. The challenge is separating definitely benign from lymph nodes that need to be further evaluated. Although no one can be 100% sure (nothing is in medicine), the description you list in the report (non enlarged, incidental probably reactive lymph nodes) is most consistent with a benign diagnosis. Please discuss your concerns with your doctor.

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If a CT scan has shown several suncentimetre lymph nodes seen in each axilla, most likely representing reactive lymph nodes. Does this mean I have bre?

If a CT scan has shown several suncentimetre lymph nodes seen in each axilla, most likely representing reactive lymph nodes. Does this mean I have bre?

Sorry: Your question was cut off. I could guess at what you would have asked but best to just resubmit with a clear question. Take care.

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I had a cat scan for enlarged lymph nodes my report says some residual/reactive thymus what does that mean?

I had a cat scan for enlarged lymph nodes my report says some residual/reactive thymus what does that mean?

Residual thymus: The thymus gland, located within the anterior mediastinum of the chest, normally involutes, or shrinks, with age. By the age of 50, only about 15% of people have any thymic tissue visible on CT. So at your age, this is likely a normal finding.

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What would this mean in MRI findings - Enlarged nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal tonsillar fossa lymphoid tissues. Reactive lymph nodes in the ne?

What would this mean in MRI findings - Enlarged nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal tonsillar fossa lymphoid tissues. Reactive lymph nodes in the ne?

Evaluation: Most probably that you have enlarged tonsils and adenoid tissue. You need a head and neck exam by an ENT with the MRI in order to get the correct diagnosis. Hope this helps.

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Contrast enhanced CT showed 'reactive appearing mediastinal lymph nodes.' What does this mean? I had pelvic phleboliths too. Normal blood work. Blood in urine.

Contrast enhanced CT showed 'reactive appearing mediastinal lymph nodes.' What does this mean? I had pelvic phleboliths too. Normal blood work. Blood in urine.

Lymph nodes: They may be in reaction to something that your body has been exposed to however I think you should ask the physician who ordered the scan to explain this to you

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How common are reactive lymph nodes?

How common are reactive lymph nodes?

Monitoring Centers: 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.

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What does subcentimeter lymph nodes mean?

Very small: 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. That term means < 1cm.

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What does scattered nonspecific lymph nodes mean?

Vague: It is a very vague description that basically says the lymph nodes look abnormal in some way, but it's minimally abnormal and there is no pattern to the abnormality. Best to discuss with your doctor but usually, clinically this doesn't really mean translate into anything. (i.e. non-diagnostic, not really helpful for guiding treatment either) Hope this helps.

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What exactly does it mean to have active lymph nodes?

What exactly does it mean to have active lymph nodes?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. A lymph node "tastes" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. You can feel them then.

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I was wondering what are reactive lymph nodes exactly?

I was wondering what are reactive lymph nodes exactly?

Simple answer: 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.

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What are reactive lymph nodes exactly? What then is an unreactive one?

What are reactive lymph nodes exactly? What then is an unreactive one?

Immune system work: Lymph nodes are places in the body where the immune system identifies foreign invaders and launches a response. The node enlarges when it is working to fight something. "reactive" means the node is working to handle something, as apposed to a lymphoma, a cancer arising in the lymph node. There are many potential causes of reactive lymphadenopathy.

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Does being able to feel certain lymph nodes, mean that they are enlarged?

Does being able to feel certain lymph nodes, mean that they are enlarged?

No.: Being able to feel a lymph node does not necessarily mean that it is enlarged or that you have an infection. While certain types of infections can cause swollen lymph nodes, it is usually only concerning if you are having other symptoms. If this small bump in your neck is all you can feel, then there is probably not much cause for concern. To make sure see your primary care doctor.