Oncology (General Cancer)/Neck ct

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QUESTION: Hi,
My question is concerning a neck ct. Would a normal neck ct with contrast show the tonsils and identify if anything was wrong with them? I had a next ct bc some swollen submandibular lymph nodes. The ct when u looked at the image showed my whole head but I am not sure if it would show my tonsils. I ended up having a biopsy on one swollen lymph node which came back benign and reactive. Would that biopsy some it was benign rule out any other cancer like tonsil cancer? My ent didn't seemed concerned but I do tend to worry.

ANSWER: Well, you should be able to see them and notice any macroscopic changes. But it would probably be good to combine the CT with an MRI. AND neither would give us any microscopipic pathology diagnosis. For that biopsies are necessary. But if biopsies are necessary in your case can only be decided by your doctor though of course you can demand them. Good luck!


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QUESTION: So since I had the lymph node biopsy would that rule out any type of cancer? So a normal ct should have shown the tonsil area any anything abnormal in the tonsils? Would a normal ct also include the tongue? I know they saw the glands on the floor of my mouth.

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Well at least it does not support any cancer fears. More can not be said because I do not know exactly where on your neck the biopsy was done and a number of other technical variables. Probably only your doctor can answer that.



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