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submandibular gland???


I have a lump in my neck that I know is not a lymph. I am not a Dr but I have done ALOT of research on the web and I think that I may have a problem with my submandibular gland. It is little swollen but when I eat it will get bigger. About the size of a grape. No heatlh insurance until next month, just wondering if anyone has had any issues with this and how worried should I really be. From what I can read, most likely not cancer as I don't have any symptoms associated with Lymphoma or Saliary Gland cancer. Might be a stone or tumor. And yes, I will see a Dr when insurance is available.
I should also maybe mention that I have had a crown put in a couple months back on the lower right molar.
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One day I thought I might be coming down with something so I checked my glands to see if my lymph nodes were swollen.

I felt two large lumps on either side of my neck and immediately thought I was dying.

I went to my primary care physician. I had no other symptoms of something wrong--my spleen and liver weren't enlarged, no other swelling on my body.

He decided to send me for a CT of my head and a ultrasound of my thyroid. Those tests came back okay, cost me a TON OF MONEY and i still had troublesome lumps (both non-tender) in my neck.

My doctor referred me to a surgeon who said he needed a CT of the ACTUAL area that was swollen. My primary doctor had gotten images ABOVE the area and BELOW the area, but NOT the actual area (SUCH A WASTE OF MONEY FOR ME!). The surgeon said if the CT of my neck came back abnormal he would do a biopsy.

He called a few days later and said I just had salivary glands that were on the large size, but there wasn't anything abnormal about them. They're just..large. That was several (8?) years ago. I still check them from time to time to see if they've grown or have become tender, but they hasn't been any change.

I totally thought I was dying though, so I sympathize with any anxiety you might be feeling right now. I hope that everything comes out okay for you! :-)  (+ info)

I have a enlarged submandibular gland and they want to do an ultrasound, why?


My Submandibular gland has been enlarged for awhile. Antibiotics have been taken, nothing has changed. They say here isn't an infection (since the antibiotics didn't help), and last week we did a biopsy from the outside, and they said that looked alright. BUT now they are wanting to do an ultrasound while using a needle. What exactly are they looking for?? I am confused at what they think it might be.
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It sounds like your doctor thinks the previous biopsy missed the suspicious tissue. He wants to be 100% sure that you do not have a malignancy, so an ultrasound guided biopsy will precisely target the suspicious tissue. Hopefully, he can rule out malignancy based upon the pathology results of the upcoming biopsy. Best wishes for a good outcome.  (+ info)

What diseases affect the pituitary gland?


I am doing a science project and wanted to know what diseases affected the pituitary gland.
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cancer.
hormonal diseases.  (+ info)

What are 12 diseases/conditions in the endocrine gland that involve the thyroid?


What are 12 conditions and or diseases that happen in the thyroid gland that is related with the endocrine?
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Thyroid cancer  (+ info)

Submandibular gland area occasionally swells then reduces to slightly enlarged within hours. What could it be?


Had previous surgery for sinuses and ENT Doc said it is likely an area of fluid drainage that has scar tissue? This make sense, I don't get it.

Can a cancerous tumor shrink and well like this or does cancer ONLY grow without treatment? Can tumors shrink and swell within a day or hours like this?
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It is probably a fluid cyst that swells and drains. Cancer wouldn't swell then drain. Cancers are solid masses of cells not fluids.  (+ info)

Does anyone know any enocrine system diseases/disorders of the Thymus Gland?


I'm doing a poster on the thymus gland, and i need to find two good diseases/disorders that are caused by the thymus gland. I found some but they really dont make any sense. Does anyone know? or know a site i could go to?
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Try this site:

http://www.becomehealthynow.com/article/bodyimmune/961/3/  (+ info)

What diseases can develope from a tumor in the parathyroid gland?


From the list below.

1. Osteoarthritis
2. Achondroplasia
3. Osteoporosis
4. Hypocalcemia
5. Hyperthyroidism
6. Hypercalcemia

Please explain.
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Parathyroid is a gland in neck whih produces a hormone called PTH (parathyroid hormone). Its oversecretion will cause:
Hypercalcemia
PTH causes increase absorption of calicium from Gut/ kidney and bone and increased excretion of phosphate from kidney thus it will lead to Hypercalcemia (increased caliun level in blood) and hypophosphatemia.
Most common cause of hyperparathyroidism is adenoma (85%)  (+ info)

Have anyone had bilateral submandibular gland resection?


Can you pls describe how long is the scar and where is the scar? Can you also briefly describe the surgical approach. Thank you.
I had chronic sialadentitis and have had the bilateral gland removed recently. I was shocked that the scar is 22cm long! Just want to be sure that it is not medical negligent.
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Several ways to do this. The scar or scars, (there could be two of them) is small and general underneath jaw and not very noticeable.

Talk to your doctor, he can tell you more.  (+ info)

My father has an enlarged submandibular gland. Is this something I should worry about? Cancer?


Does anybody know anything about this? Please help.
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A lot of things can cause an enlarged gland. Consult with a doctor to have it properly examined.  (+ info)

An MRI with contrast of the submandibular gland showed an infection?


The ENT doctor want to = aspirate the gland and do a biopsy. Does this mecessarily mean that it is malignant.
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No, he might just be looking to find out what the infection is and what is causing it.  (+ info)

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