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Enlarged blood vessel behind the ear - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My original symptom was a lump an inch beneath my right ear. tried antibiotics, then today got a CT scan. The top down view, shows a blood vessel on the right side that is 3 times larger than the corresponding blood vessel on the left side for a few centimeters in length. What is that?
User :   nice to meet you
Doctor :   Give me a few seconds to go through your query.
Doctor :   May I ask you a few questions regaarding your problem please ?
User :   yes, go ahead
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender please ?
User :   male 34 years
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Since when have you been having this swelling ?
User :   for 3 months
Doctor :   Is it associated with any inflammatory signs and symptoms ?
User :   the tissue around it is swollen
Doctor :   Do you have fevr /
User :   no
Doctor :   fever ?
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   How about any headache or ringing in ears or pus from ears?
User :   mild headaches once a week for 3 weeks.
Doctor :   Did you have any previous injury to your mandible or jaw or any where around ?
User :   no
User :   it was not visible to other people a few weeks ago and now people can see it
Doctor :   Do you see any glandular swelling any where in the neck or throat ?
User :   i've been to a P
User :   a PA and he felt that area but he did not find anything
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you see any other swelling in any other blood vessels in the CT ?
User :   i'm not certain, i only noticed this because it was very obvious that the one on the right side was 3 times larger than the same thing on the left
Doctor :   And did they call it an Aneurysm ?
User :   I don't get the results until next wednesday
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I wish there was a way i could transfer the images to you
Doctor :   Do you have any hyper flexible joints or fingers , etc. ?
User :   no
User :   wait
Doctor :   No problem, Tom you can mail them
User :   does that mean extra flexible or less flexible?
Doctor :   Extra flexible .
User :   then no
Doctor :   Ok, That is very encouraging
Doctor :   Have you been ever diagnosed with Migraine ?
User :   no, i rarely get headaches and never anything that bad
User :   my god, i've never got this much time with an actual doctor before
Doctor :   Thanks a lot.
Doctor :   May I know if you ahve any Hypertension ?
Doctor :   Increase in your Blood Pressure ?
User :   high blood pressure? yes, it was high the last time i had it checked 2 weeks ago 155/95 i think
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i'm not really sure about the bottom number
Doctor :   Since when have you been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure ?
Doctor :   Ok,
User :   never
Doctor :   155/95 is surely high for your age .
Doctor :   You are just 34 .
User :   I haven't had health insurance in a long time, and i've been working for $9/hour with no benefits
Doctor :   So it has to be not more than 130/80, though the correct levels are 120/80.
Doctor :   Oh !
Doctor :   I understand your constarint.
User :   are you in india?
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   How about you ?
Doctor :   You must be from US ,iF I am right ?
Doctor :   Let me advise you a few steps but I really am help less as you need to get some tests done and need to get it checked by a ENT.
User :   I went to an ENT clinic
User :   and I saw the PA twice now. Hopefully the doctor will actually show up next time
User :   he's the one that sent me to get a CT
Doctor :   1. Please get you r BP checked this time.
Doctor :   2.Please start taking medication for that.
Doctor :   May I know your height and weight ?
User :   5'11 250
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Please cut down your weight.
Doctor :   Take fresh fruits.
Doctor :   veggies and juices
Doctor :   Blood pressure can cause this blood vessel swellings.
Doctor :   So please get these tests done and please let me know by mail your CT Scan reportsd.
Doctor :   Hope you ahve folowed
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me.
Doctor :   take care, bye for now.
Doctor :   pleasee give your feed back.
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