Fnac

FNAC (fine-needle aspiration cytology) is a diagnostic procedure used to test the tissues and cells present in abnormal tissue growth. Here, a hollow needle is inserted into the mass and cells are collected for testing. These cells are examined under the microscope after staining.

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Can FNAC be performed on a lymph node that measures 7 mm?

Query: Hi doctor, Last week, I went to an ENT clinic with a small, hard, fixed lymph node behind my jaw just below my ear for about four months. I have felt otherwise fine. The ENT palpated it and did not seem concerned. She then performed an ultrasound on the node and said that it measured 7x4x2 mm and h...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for briefing regarding the problem in concern. It is a thumb rule that when you palpate, the size of the swelling is much more than what it is since you will be considering other neighboring structures that have nothing to do with the enlarged lymph node. Lymph n...  Read Full »

I have a sharp stabbing pain inside my breast.My mom has breast cancer.Do I have cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old female. A few days ago I noticed that my left breast was very tender. Yesterday morning I started feeling sharp stabbing pain inside my breast near the nipple every hour or so. Yesterday night I started to feel the pain 10 times worse and more frequently. I also not...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Invasive ductal carcinoma at 18 years of age is unlikely even though you have a history in family recently. The pain in the left nipple area which had a sudden onset in last few days and have been decreasing with a localised redness around nipple goes more in favour...  Read Full »

Do lumps in the breast mean breast cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife noticed a small lump in the left armpit. We went to a gynecologist and she said nothing to worry as the lump was painful. With her medicines, the lump became small, but did not completely vanish. So, we went to a general surgeon. She found two lumps in the breast and referred for ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sivaprakash Rathinasamy

Surgical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your scan report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is not cancer. It is a type of tumor in breast, which can occur commonly in this age group. It will not turn malignant. If you want to double confirm, then ask your doctor for FNAC needle test (...  Read Full »

What is the remission rate of poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma?

Query: Hi doctor, The imaging of the neck region was done and some lesions were detected. The operation of lower jaw and neck region was done followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy and it was stated that things will settle to normal. During routine checkup, some swelling in neck region was detected and...  Read Full »


Dr. Pratik Patil

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry to know the recurrence of cancer. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You got diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in buccal mucosa of the left oral cavity in December 2019 which was operated. Then you received chemotherapy and radiation ...  Read Full »

Are the swellings present in underarms due to cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 28 year old male. For the past five years, I have few swellings on both underarms. Recently, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. While browsing on the internet, for her condition, I found out that my swelling may be of lymph nodes and may be cancerous. This urged me to ...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your anxiety. However, to assure you and also to explain the swelling related to cancer is usually painless. From your history, it appears that you may be having some hair root infection, because of which lymph node could be swollen. I think more on the line...  Read Full »

Can a benign mass on the thyroid cause throat pain?

Query: Dry cough and tickle in throat pain occasionally from right side of neck to my ear. MRI showed a mass on right side of thyroid had a fine needle aspiration done on it, they poked it 9 times to try and get enough for the screen. The results came back saying: This needle core was done in the possibili...  Read Full »


Dr. Pruthvi Raju Uppalapati

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello. Good to hear from you. I understand your situation. Firstly, regarding the neck swelling that concerns you, since there is no evidence of malignancy in any of the investigations do not worry about it. As your blood thyroid levels are also normal without any medication, do not be concerned abo...  Read Full »

How is thyroid cancer diagnosed?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 41 year old male. My recent ultrasound of thyroid revealed multiple bilateral ganglion formation in area IV. The most prominent was 11 x 8 mm diameter in lower right cervical area. It was mentioned homogeneous thyroid. My doctor suggests clinical follow up due to the number of gang...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Homogeneous thyroid usually suggests that gland is uniform in consistency meaning it is mostly benign. Thyroid nodules are fairly common; more so in women and the majority up to 95 % are benign. If you do not have major risk factors for thyroid cancer such as past exposur...  Read Full »

Are stings, breast lump, bruising, and hair fall signs of cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old girl. I am feeling stings in my upper body for quite some time. The stings are sometimes in my chest and sometimes in my lower abdomen. They last for nearly 40 seconds, but are occasional. And there is a lump in my right breast. It is a solid lump and it does not ca...  Read Full »


Dr. Naresh Kumar Monigari

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First calm down and be relaxed. By stings I understand sting like sensation that lasts for 40 seconds. I need more details on that. Do they occur more when you are tensed? Because, it is rare. Second problem you said was that you have a lump in the breast, which is solid ...  Read Full »

FNAC of submandibular lymph node shows inflammatory lymph nodes. Should it be removed?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a unilateral submandibular lymph node swelling on the right hand side of the neck. I had an ultrasound and at this time the lymph node measure 5-6 cm and the onset were sudden with pain. After three-course of antibiotics (Augmentin two doses and Clindamycin one dose), I was refer...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I want you to be completely calm because according to the course of the lymph node enlargement, symptoms, and investigations the lymph node enlargement is just an inflammatory reaction. It is not a tumor at all. Just complete your antibiotic treatment then follow up o...  Read Full »

What symptoms can thyroid nodule exhibit?

Query: Hello doctor, I am trying to find out what the following images show (images attached). Are there nodules? If so, how many and what size? What types of nodules do you see? What are the chances of the nodule being benign (maybe a colloid)? What characteristics do the nodules show hypo or hyperechoic...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the images. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is a larger nodule in the left lobe and a tiny one in the right lobe of thyroid. The left thyroid nodule measures 14 x 19 mm and is isoechoic and solid areas and shows peripheral vasculari...  Read Full »

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