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Diagnostic Tests for Lymph symptoms

Diagnostic Test list for Lymph symptoms:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Lymph symptoms includes:

  • Physical examination
    • General inspection for pallor of the skin and conjunctiva may suggest leukemia, lymphoma or malignancy
    • Examine all lymph nodes - including epitrochlear (in front of the elbow), Axillary, cervical (neck), occipital (back of head), supraclavicular (above the collar bone), inguinal (groin) and popliteal (behind the knee). Determine if lymph node enlargement is localized to one region (e.g. in local acute or chronic infection; early lymphoma especially Hodgkin's lymphoma or metastases) or generalized (e.g. in late lymphoma; leukemia; viral bacterial or protozoal infection; rheumatoid arthritis; systemic lupus erythematosus; sarcoidosis; phenytoin).
    • Determine lymph node consistency. Hard nodes suggest cancer deposits. Soft nodes may be normal. Rubbery nodes may be due to lymphoma
    • Determine if lymph nodes are tender which would suggest infection or acute inflammation
    • Determine if lymph nodes are fixated to underlying structures which may suggest infiltration by carcinoma
    • Inspect skin overlying the lymph nodes. If skin is inflamed this suggests infection. If skin is tethered to the lymph node this suggests cancer
    • Examine ears, nose and throat
    • Feel the spinal vertebra for tenderness which may suggest lymphoma or malignant disease of the spine
    • Examine the abdomen for enlarged spleen (due to leukemia, lymphoma, infectious mononucleosis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus or sarcoidosis) or enlarged liver
    • Examine the testes
    • Examine the breasts
    • Examine the skin and nails for melanoma
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count and ESR
    • Electrolytes
    • Blood cultures, if have generalized lymph node enlargement
    • Brucellin antibodies, if indicated
    • Syphilis serology, if indicated
    • HIV serology, if indicated
    • ANA antibodies
    • Rheumatoid factor
    • Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies, if tick bite and suspect Lyme disease
  • Nose swab - microscopy and culture.
  • Throat swab - microscopy and culture.
  • Radiology investigations
    • Chest X-Ray may help diagnose generalized lymph node enlargement
    • Abdominal X-Ray may help diagnose generalized lymph node enlargement
    • X-Ray of the long bones may help diagnose metastatic cancer
    • X-Ray of the hands may identify sarcoidosis (bone cysts may be found, especially in the digits)
    • Lymphangiogram may help diagnose a lymphosarcoma or multiple metastatic lymph nodes
    • CT Scan of the chest, abdomen and pelvis are occasionally necessary
  • Bone marrow examination - may help identify leukemia or lymphoma.
  • Biopsy of the local lymph node - may diagnose metastatic carcinoma, Hodgkin's disease and sarcoidosis.
  • Tuberculin skin test (Mantoux test)

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Lymph symptoms:

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Conditions listing medical complications: Lymph symptoms:

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