Is enlarged lymphnodes in the abdomen dangerous? - Online Doctor Chats
how can I help you?
i have another report that i want to share
sure go ahead
that report was taken yesterday
i just sent it
okay will see and get back
I have seen the reports
and the clinical notes
and there are multiple enlarged lymphnodes, some measuring up to 3 cm in the neck
are you there?
i am reading your comments
what is the purpose of ct scan
CT scan will identify the lymphnodes in the abdomen very accurately
and will help in deciding the best treatment
it will help in making a decision about whether surgery is needed or not
is there anything else I can help you with?
yes i would like to know something else too
is this being detected early?
I don't think so
so what is the treatment then?
There are multiple lymphnodes and some of them are quite big
I would suggest you to get the biopsy done first
what is the success rate at this stage?
confirm the disease
We can't stage the disease right now
yes i understand
you need to get the biopsy done first
and then CT scan
we can tell the stage only after that
Please discuss with the oncologist
and follow his/her advice
will any other condition cause lymphnodes at multiple sites?
I am sure he/she will explain it to you in detail
but they can be easily identified on a clinical examination
So I don't think it is tuberculosis, because, the doctor who examined has not considered it a possibility
and all other cancers can also cause enlarged lymphnodes
can it be an streptococcal infection?
that is why I am advising you to get the biopsy done
streptococcal infection will not cause lymphnode enlargement to such degree
is there anything else that we need to know.. this is for my sisterinlaw
Right now, I have told you enough
please get the biopsy done
and then discuss with the treating doctor about treatment and further testing
sure, will do
one last qn
what causes lymphoma
Lymphoma is a cancer
and cancers in general are multifactorial
meaning, there is no single cause, but many causes
exposure to radiation
considering her lifestyle, smoking is not a cause certainly
Radiation means, exposure to X-rays
or any other ionizing raditions
is there anything else?
what is genetic mutation?
Genetic mutation means DNA damage
what can cause DNA damage?
The damage can be from before birth, that is the sperm and ovum have DNA
and that DNA can get damaged due to UV rays from the sun
or any other cause
or the DNA damage can happen after birth
as we grow older, the capacity to repair damaged DNA goes on decreasing
and it is a natural ageing process
ok i understand, that is why risk of cancer goes up as we grow old?
how can we prevent?
and when the mutations occur in some specific places, they can cause cancers
but there is no guarantee that you will not get these mutations
yes i understand
Is there anything else I can help you
no thats it
you've been of great help!
You are welcome
thanks for chatting
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