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Enlargement on side of neck

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For a month I have noticed an enlargment, about half an inch on the right side of my neck. Its hard, does not move and is sore. The dr. ordered and ultrasound of my thyroid.(I am hypohyroid) That was fine. I requested a CT. She called the same day and said there are several spots on each side of my neck that need to be biopsied. Had blood work done in Feb. and its all fine except Vitamin D is low and HDL cholesterol is low. I am desperately trying to get in for the biopsy as soon as possible. My question is, if it is lymphoma, how fast does it spread? Do I have two weeke to wait for a biopsy? I have called over 30 doctors. Is it a bad sign that it is on both sides of my neck? Also, could this just be a very bad infection, since my blood counts are fine.
I have not been sick. I did however just get a TB test that was Neg.
Thank you so much!

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replied March 13th, 2010
Lymphoma Answer A10651
Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck are quite common. In most cases, this will turn out to be a benign condition. Rarely, however, primary lymph node cancer (lymphoma) or metastatic cancer will be the cause.

The fact that you appaear to have enlarged lymph nodes on both sides of your neck is neither a good sign nor a bad sign, at this time.

Two weeks is not too long to wait for a biopsy.

It is unlikely that your Vitamin D and HDL levels are related to this problem.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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