TUBERCULOUS LYMPH NODE ENLARGEMENT

TUBERCULOUS LYMPH NODE ENLARGEMENT
This picture shows a inflammed lymph node in the neck.There are multiple nodes towards the lower part of the neck. The commenst cause for this problem is tuberculosis. Tuberculous infection of neck can occur without involvement of lungs. Young people are affected more than elderly. Patient is not ill. Symptoms like fever,cough and weight loss are not common. For the diagnosis, fine needle aspiration cytology of a lymph node is done by a pathologist.(The node is pierced with a small needle to take some cells. A thin film is made on a glass slide and immediately dipped in an alcohol solution to fix the cells. Cells are examined under the microscope.) If the pathologist suspects tuberculosis, he/she will inform the surgeon to remove one node surgically and send for further examination.If the diagnosis is confirmed, antiTB drugs are started for a period of six months under the supervision of a chest physician. This condition is not infectious to others. Patient can continue normal activity at home and workplace. Once the treatment is over, the condition is completely cured.