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Old 08-16-2012, 01:34 PM   #1
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Not sure which board to go to for this ?

Hi! My husband has had swollen glands on his neck for two months now (where the lymph glands are). His neck has some fat accumulation with age, but when he swallows, the glands are clearly evident beyond his normal neck. He feels it when he turns his head, swallows, etc, and this only came up, like I said, 2 months ago. Before that, he was fine. He has no other symptoms, and these swollen glands are painless. He has no other health issues at all.

Primary doctor said he felt the swollen glands and put him on antibiotics for 10 days. After that prescription was complete, and the glands were still swollen, he referred my husband to a throat specialist. The throat specialist looked at my husband's throat, that same day, and said he felt no swollen glands. I know that makes no sense, but that is what he said. He suggested that "maybe" my husband's salivary glands were infected, so he gave another 10 day prescription of a different antibiotic.

Eight days into that 10 day prescription, the throat specialist called and said that after two cultures, they'd determined my husband had a rare type of strep throat and prescribed a third antibiotic, maximum dose, for 10 days.

Ten days later, the strep was clear, but the glands were still large--although the throat specialist still said he couldn't feel anything.

A CT scan was done, with and without contrast. We received a call today that the scan was "normal". We haven't read the full report, but that's what we were told--normal. All of his blood work came back normal as well.

How can a CT scan be "normal" when the patient can clearly feel that his nodes are swollen?

I am going to pick up the full written report tomorrow, for our records, but now I'm at a loss: Why are the neck glands swollen? How could the CT scan show up normal? Should we see another type of doctor for a second opinion or further testing? Or just wait to see if the glands go down on their own?

Any idea what board I would fit into the best?

Thanks so much. I know this is a long post, so I appreciate you reading all the way through.

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Last edited by Blibblebloppity; 08-16-2012 at 01:39 PM.