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Multiple swollen lymph nodes on back of neck and side for months. CT scan shows no lymphoma and im not sick. They won't go away, why? Ent not worried.

Multiple swollen lymph nodes on back of neck and side for months. CT scan shows no lymphoma and im not sick. They won't go away, why? Ent not worried.

Scalp issues: The lymph nodes you described often get enlarged at trivial stimulation, e.g., dandruff. You may wish to try washing your hair and scalp daily, with any shampoo. It may take a few months for the nodes to regress. If the nodes more than double in size, do see a doctor. ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Would an MRI on the abdomon show lymphoma as good as a CT scan would?

Would an MRI on the abdomon show lymphoma as good as a CT scan would?

Depends: MRI is generally not used as the primary imaging modality, except for few specific indications such as in staging mediastinal malignancies, where MRI can be more accurate than a CT. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan show the difference between granulomas and lymphoma of a swollen lump node in the neck?

Perhaps: CT is a great test that shows lymph nodes in the neck well. Granulomas usually demonstrate some degree of calcification but not always. Also, they tend to be smaller. Lymphoma nodes are not usually calcified, are larger, more numerous etc. There is, as you can imagine some overlap and a biopsy is usually recommended. ...Read more

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Would a cat scan of the neck show cancer including lymphoma?

Would a cat scan of the neck show cancer including lymphoma?

Yes it could: But sometimes other imaging studies are needed as well. ...Read more

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I had a cat scan with contrast on abdamon. If I had lymphoma would the CT scan have picked it up in my body?

I had a cat scan with contrast on abdamon. If I had lymphoma would the CT scan have picked it up in my body?

Maybe: If advanced lymphoma were present in the area of ct scan (abdomen), then yes. However, lymphoma could be in neck, chest, etc and be undetected. Sometimes lymphoma is primarily in the bone marrow with very little observable enlarged lymph nodes. ...Read more

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I had a cat scan with contrast on abdamon. If I had lymphoma would the CT scan have picked it up in my body?

I had a cat scan with contrast on abdamon. If I had lymphoma would the CT scan have picked it up in my body?

Yes and no: A ct scan of your abdomen should pick up a lymphoma unless: 1) the lymphoma is so small that it has not yet caused the lymph node to enlarge, or 2) the lymphoma is elsewhere (chest, groin, neck, etc.) and the abdominal ct scan was a study in the wrong part of the body. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a normal negative CT scan yet still have lymphoma or will the CT scan determine some abnormality which then leads to a biopsy?

Yes to both.: You can have an indolent lymphoma - abnormal immune cells in the lymphatic system - but in such a stage that the lymph glands aren't yet (or won't be) enlarged. The CT scan only points out glands that are enlarged or suspicious in the region that was scanned (an enlarged gland in the neck will not show up on a CT scan of the chest). Without an abnormal/enlarged gland, there's nothing to biopsy ...Read more

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Hodgkins lymphoma: I am worried about result of my last CT scan, what to do?

Www. Usradreview. Com: If you would like a second opinion on your CT study, visit www. Usradreview. Com ...Read more

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Ct scan to investigate possible lyphoma came back normal but liver size was at top of normal size range. Shud I worry about this? Sign of lymphoma?

Ct scan to investigate possible lyphoma came back normal but liver size was at top of normal size range. Shud I worry about this? Sign of lymphoma?

Probably not: The diagnosis of lymphoma is very complex and relies on a constellation of clinical signs and symptoms including unexplained weight loss, night sweats, lack of appetite, fatigue, progressively enlarging lymph nodes, progressively enlarging liver and/or spleen, etc., confirmed by biopsy. If none of these signs is present, the diagnosis is unlikely. Consulting your physician is recommended. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get lymphoma from one chest CT scan?

Is it possible to get lymphoma from one chest CT scan?

Not sure what you...: ...mean but if you are asking if the radiation exposure from just one CT scan is enough to cause cancer, I think that would be exceedingly unlikely. There are inherited traits that lead to increased cancer risk with radiation exposure but even then it would be a very rare occurrence. Cannot say it is impossible, though. That is why scans have to be ordered when truly necessary, not capriciously. ...Read more

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Is Full body PET scan or CT scan better for diagnosing Lymphoma? Which uses less radiation?

Is Full body PET scan or CT scan better for diagnosing Lymphoma? Which uses less radiation?

Both: The actual diagnosis of lymphoma requires tissue, usually excisional biopsy of an entire lymph node. Staging to see where other sites of disease could be is done with a combined PET/CT. The staging used to matter more many years ago when they would often give XRT or do surgery, it doesn't matter as much as it used to because almost everybody gets systemic chemotherapy for both Hodkins and non H ...Read more

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My pet-ct scan for hotpshkins lymphoma came up with increased metabolic activity around brown fat in base of neck, should I be concerned?

My pet-ct scan for hotpshkins lymphoma came up with increased metabolic activity around brown fat in base of neck, should I be concerned?

No: Brown fat is metabolically active in order generates heat, and for this reason more likely to be active during the winter months. Since brown fat uses more glucose than normal fat, it lights up on a FDG pet. Correlation of pet images with the ct portion of the exam can easily identify the active regions as fat rather than lymph nodes or tumor. Typical location is around the clavicles. ...Read more

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Oncologist did CT scan, came back clean. BW showed. Reactivated mono. Having symtons 2 months later. Worried about lymphoma since symptons minic each other?

Use HealthTap Prime.: This is complicated... you've a prior history of symptoms & are asking about a new diagnosis. EBV Mono can cause lymphoma. I'm not sure what the acronym "BW" means. All-in-all, this isn't the forum to get answers to your legitimate questions. TTYD or use HealthTap Prime to discuss w/ a live doctor who'll go over your past history 1st. Though neg, uploading the CT scan pictures or report is helpful ...Read more

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Almost all symptoms of lymphoma but ct scan=non specific nodes. Bloodwork=normal and excisional biopsy =normal. What is wrong with me? Hypochondriac

Find real cause: Lymphoma either announces itself as fever, weight loss, and night sweats or is asymptomatic with big nodes. Get over the idea that you have lymphoma and look for the real cause -- anything from a faulty home heater to porphyria to a sleep disturbance to a difficult life situation -- the last is the most common cause of physical symptoms. ...Read more

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I am worried about my cancer risk as I had one CT scan to rule out lymphoma. I am 30yr and healthy. I am not able to sleep because of fear from ct.

I am worried about my cancer risk as I had one CT scan to rule out lymphoma. I am 30yr and healthy. I am not able to sleep because of fear from ct.

VERY low risk: If I understand your question correctly, you are concerned about developing cancer because you had a ct scan. You should not worry, having one ct scan has essentially no effect on your future risk of developing cancer. ...Read more

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Can small bowel lymphoma (lymphoma of mesentery) being missed on whole-body PET/CT scan?

Can small bowel lymphoma (lymphoma of mesentery) being missed on whole-body PET/CT scan?

Yes: PET/CT is usually very good for finding small bowel lymphoma. That said, technique, small size, histology, etc could contribute to a miss. ...Read more

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High lympocytes slightly low neuorphilis normal abs lympocyte count and neur and swollen salivary glands but unremarkable CT scan could it be lymphoma?

Probably not, but. .: Follow up with your doctor. This could represent a viral infection of some sort. A normal ct, assuming an accurate interpretation, is a good sign, since most lymphoma patients present with enlarged lymph nodes which are easily seen on ct.

If this problem persists or worsens, a consultation with a hematologist (a doctor who specializes in diseases of the blood) may be helpful. ...Read more

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Had hodgkins lymphoma 5 years ago just recently started feeling bad. Just had CT scan of my lungs where they found some lymph nodes. Is it possibl e the cancer has come back.?

Had hodgkins lymphoma 5 years ago just recently started feeling bad. Just had CT scan of my lungs where they found some lymph nodes. Is it possibl e the cancer has come back.?

Yes: It is somewhat rare for hotchkins lymphoma to recur five years after initial treatment. If the lymphoma was originally in the mediastinum (the center of the chest) it could recur in the lungs or the lymph nodes there again. A biopsy must be performed. Sorry. ...Read more

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I have a 3cm ant medistinum mass, weight loss and a cough. Can it be lymphoma or can doctors tell if it's thymoma? Pet and CT scan were inconclusive.

I have a 3cm ant medistinum mass, weight loss and a cough. Can it be lymphoma or can doctors tell if it's thymoma? Pet and CT scan were inconclusive.

Needs biopsy: A pet scan negative (no hypermetabolic lesions) is good news but some of the cancers are not pet avid and therefore a biopsy is warranted to rule out malignancy. ...Read more

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I had thyroid CT scan, everything was normal. Had labs today for upcoming app. & doctor ordered lymphoma blood test. Any reason why if scan was normal?

I had thyroid CT scan, everything was normal. Had labs today for upcoming app. & doctor ordered lymphoma blood test. Any reason why if scan was normal?

Unrelated diseases: Hi. The lymphoma blood test (flow cytometry, I assume) looks for a monoclonal white cell population. A CT of the thyroid (not a standard or ideal test for thyroid evaluation) looks for anatomical abnormalities of the thyroid. Thyroid anatomical abnormalities and lymphoma are distinct conditions with the very rare exception of thyroid lymphoma. Have you had a needle biopsy of your thyroid? ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph nodes ab ct scan after colonscopy found mild colitis. Had rectal bleeding daily for 1 month. Now gone. Going for 6/mo check. Lymphoma?

Enlarged lymph nodes ab ct scan after colonscopy found mild colitis. Had rectal bleeding daily for 1 month. Now gone. Going for 6/mo check. Lymphoma?

Not necessarily: There are many reasons for enlarged lymph nodes; most common is reaction to infection/inflammation which maybe your case but they can also enlarge in reaction to cancer nearby and in cases of lymphoma. These possibilities shluld be sorted out after colonoscopy and biopsy of any colon lesions ...Read more

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My mother had a recent CT scan, it showed 3 lung nodules, 4mm 6mm & 9mm she is 77yrs has had a cva 2yrs ago, history of lymphoma, & ex smoker. Cancer?

My mother had a recent CT scan, it showed 3 lung nodules, 4mm 6mm & 9mm she is 77yrs has had a cva 2yrs ago, history of lymphoma, & ex smoker. Cancer?

Probably not cancer: But best to talk with your doctor about the possibility of a ct guided biopsy by an interventional radiologist. A thin needle is passed into the nodule most easily reached and a sample is obtained for pathology. A biopsy is the only way to know for sure. ...Read more

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Tb and lymphoma ruled out. A year of night sweats weight loss lower back pain. Haem doc thinks gynae issue. Y? They don't want to do CT scan. 2 risky

Tb and lymphoma ruled out. A year of night sweats weight loss lower back pain. Haem doc thinks gynae issue. Y? They don't want to do CT scan. 2 risky

More information pls: I would suggest that you have additional blood testing - a Complete Blood count with diff, hormone levels, HBA1c and a complete metabolic panel. An ESR and CRP blood tests provide information about the level of inflammatory response.
The exam should include a thorough search for enlarged lymph nodes. MRI imaging in the area of pain and a bone scan also may be completed. Please follow up/MD ...Read more

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I am concerned about lymphoma. Been having all the symptoms doc won't check me says cat scan would have shown it?

I am concerned about lymphoma. Been having all the symptoms doc won't check me says cat scan would have shown it?

Second opinion: Hard to advise without knowing what "all the symptoms" are or what labs have been checked. If you are concerned, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Hello I had a cat scan done on pelvic and abdoan done today the are looking at lymph nodes what does lyphoma orlung cancer look like on cat scan?

A mass.: Lymph nodes are scattered throughout the body and are normal structures. They should not be larger than 1 cm in diameter. Lymph nodes that contain metastatic disease, or lymph nodes containing lymphoma, are detected on a cat scan based on size over 1 cm. A pet/ct has an additional criterion, increased glucose uptake, to suggest cancer. ...Read more

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Will a CT scan show your ovary?

Will a CT scan show your ovary?

Yes.: Are you looking for it? It may not be the best test to "look" at your ovary though. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more


Dr. Michael Thompson
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Lymphoma (Definition)

A malignancy developing in the lymphocytes of lymph glands. They present as an enlarging node that continues to grow and then ...Read more