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Mar 9, 2009
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Mar 9, 2009 3:25 PM

CT neck & thorax with contrast

 

Hi

 

 

Ive had a lump in my neck on left side where my gland is(think it is enlarged gland).Ive also have bad sinusitis for long time,I went to GP and told him about lump, he refered me to ENT at hospital and gave me a course of antibiotics.

 

 

The antibiotcs helped my sinuses but didnt clear it up properly,after the ab`s the lump went down quite a lot almost went.My sinusitus probs came back given ab`s again same thing lump

 

 

shrunk a lot.I went to ENT dept at hospital,dr numbed my nose an looked with machine,he used needle to take some cells. I asked him if he thought it was cance,he didn`t seem to think

 

 

so.I have now been refered for a CT neck & thorax with contrast i go on Weds 11th March.Was just wondering if anyone else has had similar experience? Is it usual to have CT scan for

 

 

sinusitis which keeps recurring,or could they think its cancer??

 

 

Will I feel ok after the scan to get bus home (bout 35mins journey) or would I be better getting a taxi?

 

 

I`m so scared that its cancer,is it normal to have CT scan for recurring sinusitis?

 

 

Sorry for being so long winded.not very good at explaining things....THANKS

 

 

T

 

 

 

 

 

1,438 posts since
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1. Mar 9, 2009 3:33 PM in response to: moonfairy
Re: CT neck & thorax with contrast

 

Hi Moonfairy

 

 

Doubt whether it's cancer. The fact that the antibiotics "almost" cleared up sinusitis and lymph node diminished  indicates an infection (believe me I sympathise because I suffer from sinusitis and abs almost cleared it up and now it's back again...).

 

 

As to a CT scan, probably just making sure or looking to what extent infection has spread. I've had a CT scan (NOT for sinusitis I add) and felt normal afterwards (I drove myself home).  If you feel "funny" then you can always order a taxi from hospital. Just wait for the results of the scan but if it were me, I wouldn't be too bothered about it.  Best thing is always to ask WHY they are sending you for a scan.

 

 

Judith

 

 

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3. Mar 9, 2009 3:55 PM in response to: moonfairy
Re: CT neck & thorax with contrast

 

Yes - white blood cell count probably a bit higher than normal indicating infection (from sinusitis).

 

 

Looking on the internet can be scary.  If you HAVE to then look at a reputable site!

 

 

Judith

 

 

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5. Mar 9, 2009 4:49 PM in response to: moonfairy
Re: CT neck & thorax with contrast

 

Yes it is your chest area. A scan of this area can indicate things ranging from pneumonia (an infection)  to cancer!!  I guess they are just playing safe.

 

 

Please remember I am not a medical doctor, but a retired research scientist who has worked in the area of veterinary research. So I know more than most folk about some things but am not medically qualified; so suggest you direct any more specific questions to your GP (and, of necessity their knowledge is fairly superficial as they have to deal with so many conditions). I still think you have no need to worry unduly and just wait for the scan.  At least they seem to be doing all the right things and (unlike some people on this site) you are getting fairly speedy treatment (and that is NOT meant to be a sinister remark - you are just lucky with your GP etc.).

 

 

Hope your fears are unfounded.  I'm pretty sure it'll be OK.

 

 

Judith

 

 

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6. Mar 9, 2009 5:25 PM in response to: moonfairy
Re: CT neck & thorax with contrast

 

Hi Moonfairy

 

 

CT scans usualy take in two parts of the body ie neck & head or neck & thorax just like abdomen & pelvic areas

 

 

one little tip if they give you a drink for the contrast ask them to put some orange juice in it makes it more palatable

 

 

and  visit  the loo before you go for bus

 

 

sure everything will go ok

 

 

chin up

 

 

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8. Mar 9, 2009 6:05 PM in response to: moonfairy
Re: CT neck & thorax with contrast

 

Hi Moonfairy

 

 

Didn't mean to get you worried i should have been more specific i was referring to the bladder

 

 

chin up

 

 

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10. Mar 9, 2009 11:02 PM in response to: moonfairy
Re: CT neck & thorax with contrast

 

Hi Moonfairy

 

 

wouldn't know when you get to my age they give you a thing called a BUS PASS

 

 

best of luck

 

 

chin up

 

 

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12. Mar 11, 2009 9:48 PM in response to: moonfairy
Re: CT neck & thorax with contrast

 

Gosh Moonfairy - no need to get upset about this appointment. Let's face it 22nd April is a while away and is just a routine thing. If it were anything ghastly they would have asked you to come in a few days.  Besides - the scan is probably more definitive and how on earth could they know if they hadn't even done the scan!!  Try and forget it. Start to panic a couple of days before the appontment ages away in April (I always panic for a couple of days before going to see the oncologist). In any case you are focussing on the dreaded word oncologist instead of the ENT aspect.

 

 

I think Cluckie was referring to the fact (with the loo thing) that you would have a full bladder rather than owt else!!  What a laugh.

 

 

Forget the jolly thing for at least a month, eh???

 

 

Judith

 

 

mariontaylor 154 posts since
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14. Mar 12, 2009 2:00 PM in response to: moonfairy
Re: CT neck & thorax with contrast

 

Hi Moonfairy

 

 

 

 

 

Just a quick message to try and reassure you about getting your appointment at the same time as your scan. 

 

 

I had larynx cancer and have to see my ENT consultant every 2 months.  I've had numerous scans and biopsies in the past and I always had my appointment date BEFORE I actually had the scan/biopsy, scheduled for 2 weeks afterwards.  Your Doctor has sent you your appointment knowing your results would be ready by the time he sees you so I'm sure it's nothing sinister.  I always had my results back within 2 weeks so the fact that your appointment is not until the end of April would imply that there's no urgency.

 

 

Hope this is helped.  Let us know how you get on.

 

 

Marion

 

 

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