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What can ultrasound of neck lymph nodes show?

What can ultrasound of neck lymph nodes show?

Normal lymph nodes: Have a kidney bean appearance with fat in the central part of the node. This configuration usually persists when nodes are enlarged by a benign inflammatory response. Nodes involved with cancer cells often loose the central fat, enlarge asymmetrically, have an irregular outer surface, and show increased blood flow in the outer surface of the node. ...Read more

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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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I did a neck ultrasound and on the report is show: "largest lymph node 1.4 cm", impression: "lymph nodes normal size". How can it be normal size?

I did a neck ultrasound and on the report is show: "largest lymph node 1.4 cm", impression: "lymph nodes normal size". How can it be normal size?

The size: Of the lymph node is not the only factor in deciding whether a lymph node is abnormal. The shape of the lymph node, the vascularity, and the cortex thickness are all important in helping to determine whether it is abnormal. That said, a 1.4cm (long axis diameter) neck lymph node would be considered within normal range assuming the other features are also normal. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with me 18 months ago. Clear blood tests. Ultrasound of neck shows several lymph nodes but all under 1cm. Is this ok or could it be lymphoma?

Diagnosed with me 18 months ago. Clear blood tests. Ultrasound of neck shows several lymph nodes but all under 1cm. Is this ok or could it be lymphoma?

< 1 cm SA = good: Lymph nodes with short axis measurements of less than 1 cm are not, technically, considered adenopathy, although widespread early metastatic disease cannot be excluded (would require a pet scan). The lack of anything else worrisome per history is reassuring. I don't know what "me" is, but ultrasound surveillance of the neck nodes in 4-6 months to ensure stability would be helpful. ...Read more

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What could cause only the lymph nodes on the left side of my neck to be swollen (2cm) and have a tender feeling especially to touch, that an ultrasound won't show?

What could cause only the lymph nodes on the left side of my neck to be swollen (2cm) and have a tender feeling especially to touch, that an ultrasound won't show?

Enlarged neck node: Although infection in sinus and throat can lead to enlarged neck nodes, biopsied will be needed if it persists to rule out lymphoma and other head and neck malignancy. ...Read more

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What does ultrasound show in assessing swollen lymph nodes in my neck?

What does ultrasound show in assessing swollen lymph nodes in my neck?

Size Characteristics: The exam will show the size and evaluate if the normal architecture of the lymph nodes has been preserved or disrupted. The thyroid will probably be examined to check for any evidence of tumor. ...Read more

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Ultrasound shows small reactive lymph node in neck which has been there 15 weeks+ bloods are normal and I have been refered to ENT. Worry?

Ultrasound shows small reactive lymph node in neck which has been there 15 weeks+ bloods are normal and I have been refered to ENT. Worry?

Don't worry too much: There is a network of lymph nodes in the head/ neck region. When you have a cold or upper respiratory infection, sometimes they become more prominent. They usually go back to normal in time. Sometimes they don't. If they stay enlarged, then it's worth taking a closer look by having one removed and tested. Most times they are just chronic inflammation, but it can be infection or rarely cancer. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing the nodes under my jaw and neck swelling up and down. Chewing and the icy weather seems to trigger it. Ultrasound shows nothing?

I've been experiencing the nodes under my jaw and neck swelling up and down. Chewing and the icy weather seems to trigger it. Ultrasound shows nothing?

Need more info: What is your question? I need more information to offer any perspective. Have you had a recent cold? How is the health of your gums and teeth? Any throat infection? Any problems in the ears? What is your tuberculosis status? Have you had a complete blood count? Please feel free to schedule a full consult with a physician for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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My nuchal ultrasound shows the measurement at 2.1mm of the neck at 13w 2d. Is this bad?

My nuchal ultrasound shows the measurement at 2.1mm of the neck at 13w 2d. Is this bad?

No: St this gestational age, an increased risk of trisomy is not seen until the neck fold thickness is near 3mm ...Read more

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What does a soft tissue ultrasound of the head and neck show?

What does a soft tissue ultrasound of the head and neck show?

Abnormal: Masses such as tumors, cysts, abscesses, or enlarged lymph nodes. Can show inflammatory changes of regional structures such as salivary glands. ...Read more

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Had my 36 week ultrasound and it shows babys cord wrapped around neck with a. 67 resistence index also a grade 3 placenta. How dangerous is this?

Snapshot in time: This just means you need to be in close contact. If babies been growing nl this should be ok. I've had healthy infants with up to 5 neck wraps or 2 true knots. They are worrisome and suggest the child may not do well in labor with the increased stress.A c-section delivery is more likely and an early trip to the l&d area anytime you think you are having contractions is worth considering. ...Read more

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Lump right side of neck. Ultrasound report rec. CT, CT normal. Valsalva maneuver shows slightly larger IJV on that side. No other symptoms. What next?

See ENT doctor: You must have seen at least one doctor if you have had those tests. As the problem is still there and unresolved, see an ENT specialist for his/her evaluation ...Read more

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Ultrasound show spots on thyroid and liver, should I be concerned?

Ultrasound show spots on thyroid and liver, should I be concerned?

Depends: It depends on the characteristics of the "spots". Were the thyroid lesions described as cysts or nodules. Did they have microcalcification? Liver "spots" could be anything from benign hemangioma to cancer. So more detail is necessary. You can send me the report privately if you like. ...Read more

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Ultrasound shows solid mass on throat, What could this be?

Ultrasound shows solid mass on throat, What could this be?

Depends on where: From the point of view of anatomy where exactly it is will determine what it may be. Certainly a large lymph node may be a good thought. So it depends on what the doctor reading the study says compared to the throat. Best talk to you doctor. Also a CT may be needed to really see what is going on. ...Read more

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Would hashmitos or graves disease show up on a thyroid ultrasound?

Would hashmitos or graves disease show up on a thyroid ultrasound?

Maybe: Hashimoto's disease is auto immune thyroiditis. It is diagnosed clinically and by thyroid auto antibodies such as antithyroglobulin antibodies and antithythroid microsomal antibodies. It may be inferred on a ultrasound. Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed clinically, by lab. And by a 24 hour RAI23 uptake and scan. ...Read more

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Thyroid ultrasound shows heterogenous hypervascular echogenicity. No nodules. Thyroid labs were normal. Any ideas on what this is?

Thyroid ultrasound shows heterogenous hypervascular echogenicity. No nodules. Thyroid labs were normal. Any ideas on what this is?

What thyoid labs?: There are many thyroid labs and most docs do not check enough of them? This ultrasound is consistent with grave's disease and thyroiditis. With grave's standard thyroid tests would usually be abnormal but might look ok with thyroiditis. Please make sure anti-thyroid antibodies (anti-tpo and anti-thyroglobulin) have been checked, as well as free t3 (liothyronine) and reverse t3 (liothyronine). ...Read more