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Ct scan shows scattered predominantly subcentimeter lymph nodes within mesentery. Meaning?

what does the following mean from a ct scan .... scattered predominantly subcentimeter lymph nodes within the messentery centrally within the abdomen as well as the right lower quadrant of the adbomen. a few additional lymph nodes are now seen in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. overall this shows stabilit as compared toprior study.
Asked On : Fri, 26 Oct 2012
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Dear patient,

This means that there is probably a chronic inflammatory process going on, involving the abdominal area or areas next to it, as reflected by very discrete increase in the size of lymph nodes, which are sentinel stations that create new cells for defense or inflammation. The last part of the study is reassuring though since there has been no more growth as compared to previous scan.

Yours truly,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
Answered: Thu, 12 Sep 2013
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