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    Old 01-04-2014, 07:33 PM   #1
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    Calcified Mediastinal Lymph Node

    Hi everyone. I recently had a ct scan of the chest incidental to headaches I have been having. The CT scan came back no signs of pulmonary mass or nodules of adenopathy. However, it did find focal calficified lymph nodes.

    I have been told that is usually old infection or inflammation but i looked up all the causes and have never been exposed to any of them.

    Just wondering if any of you had any similar findings.

    Incidentally, I had a weird bout of post partum symptoms 15 years ago that prompted every test known to man including a bone marrow biopsy. The bone marrow cytology itself was fine but genetic testing showed that I had a deletion consistent with lympoproliferative disease. The symptoms resolved but every now and then crop up like they are now (joint pains, paresthesias, etc) and here we go with another round of testing. I always have that weird genetic test in the back of my mind and the doctors were never able to explain to me whether I actually had a disease at the time (they said no) or would develop one in the future. I put the test result out of my mind but now this calcified lymph node has me a bit nervous. PS: no fatigue, chest pain, breathing difficulties, night sweats, weight loss, etc.

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    Old 01-05-2014, 02:03 AM   #2
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    Re: Calcified Mediastinal Lymph Node

    Calcified nodes usually do indicate old infection, but sarcoidosis, an uncommon disease of unknown etiology, can cause calcified chest nodes, joint pains and headaches. It might be worth mentioning that possibility to your Drs. especially if the chest lymph nodes are enlarged at all. It can also cause skin lesions, high serum calcium, liver lesions and the ankles are often involved in the joint pains.

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