The use of sonography in differentiating cervical lymphomatous lymph nodes from cervical metastatic lymph nodes

A. Ahuja, Tin Cheung Ying, W. T. Yang, R. Evans, W. King, C. Metreweli

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Lymphoma and metastases are common causes of cervical lymphadenopathy. Clinical examination alone is unable to differentiate the two. Ultrasound (US) with its high sensitivity and specificity when combined with a fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is therefore the ideal initial investigation. We present the spectrum of findings in 19 patients with non Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL), 15 patients with pharyngeal, laryngeal and oesophageal (PLO) carcinomas, 22 patients with oral cavity tumours and 12 patients with infraclavicular carcinomas. The US features found consistently useful in differentiating NHL from other metastases were the distribution of the nodes, distal enhancement and lack of intranodal necrosis. Other US features of abnormal nodes helped identify abnormality but did not help in differentiation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-190
Number of pages5
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing

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