Q. Can you evaluate my CT scan to see if there is any mass or lymphadenopathy on my face?

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Dr. Ruchi Sharma
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 02, 2021

Hi doctor,

I had a CT scan with contrast (upper abdomen, lungs, head, and neck) due to multiple enlarged right cervical lymph nodes. On biopsy, I was diagnosed with Kikuchi lymphadenitis. However, my left TMJ and masseter muscle are more bulging out compared to my right side. I do suffer from TMD due to crossbite since I was young. I spoke to my ENT doctor, and he said that it is my masseter muscle being more define due to TMD as the CT scan does not pick up anything odd. I had this bulging feeling for more than eight years. However, I feel like there is a lump feeling there, not sure if my parotid gland is swollen or a swollen lymph node, but the doctor (ENT and radiologist) said the CT scan does not show any mass and told me not to worry. Can you re-evaluate my CT scan to see if there is any mass or lymphadenopathy on the left side of my face near the parotid gland and masseter muscle area? Please ignore the cervical lymphadenopathy.



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Based on the image you have uploaded (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), there is no mass or inflammation in the left parotid region. Fat planes around the left parotid region's anatomical structures are well maintained, which again goes against any inflammation. Soft tissues in this region show no signs of inflammation either. Yes, I agree that the left masseter is more bulging as compared to the right side, which could be of course, due to TMD.

I hope I have been able to answer your query.

Take care and stay safe.

Hi doctor,

Can you check the CT scan on my entire left cheek area from my ear to my lips (temporalis, parotid, masseter, lateral and medial pterygoid, mandible, buccinator, masseteric space, buccal space) for any mass or swollen lymph node because sometimes I do feel like there is a lymph node (around 1 to 2 cm) somewhere around that area? Also, can you check on my left cervical and supraclavicular area for any swollen lymph node, as I feel like there is a round swollen lymph node above my collarbone?



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I went through the CT images that you have provided. Yes, there are multiple cervical nodes, as mentioned. There is one in the left lower cervical region too. It is close to the left supraclavicular area. As you have mentioned that a biopsy diagnosis of Kikuchi disease has already been made. Therefore be assured that it is a benign disease of the lymph nodes in the neck and the treatment is generally supportive with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). Corticosteroids are recommended in the case of generalized Kikuchi disease. Do not be worried if 1 or 2 lymph nodes are not mentioned in the CT report, and you can feel them. Some swellings regress with treatment or may come up new since you got your last scan. Let this not make you anxious.

I hope this answers your query.

Take care.

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