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What are the differences between a parotid tumor and reactive lymph node?

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aside from and xray, scan, or biopsy, what are the differences between a parotid tumor and reactive lymph node? what features, texture, size, etc help to differentiate betwenn the two?
Posted Sat, 3 Nov 2012 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 2 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
A reactive lymph node is usually less than 2 cm in size, rubbery in feel and is freely mobile. It becomes more prominent on tightening the jaw. It is likely to a pea like swelling.
The parotid tumor is likely to be larger in size, may vary in size with eating, may or may not be fixed to the skin or the deeper structures. It becomes less prominent and fixed on tightening the jaw.
A physical examination by a physician and an FNAC will help in confirmation of diagnosis.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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