Lymphoma refers to a cancer found within the lymphatic system and there are two main types: Hodgkin and Non Hodgkin lymphoma. Hodgkin lymphomas contain cells called Reed Sternberg cells while Non Hodgkin lymphomas do not contain Reed Sternberg cells. However, most lymphomas are non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hodgkin lymphoma can start anywhere but it most noticed within the lymph nodes in the neck. If you are worries about an unexperienced lump anywhere in your body, you are most likely to start off by going to your doctor but in most cases it will not be the disease since it is so rare. If the lymph glands stay enlarged with no other obvious cause they may refer you to a hospital for tests. One test that can be done is a lymph node biopsy and this will be able to show if it is enlarged by removing it and looking at it under the microscope. If the lymph node is close to the surface of the body and is easy to remove you may have a local anaesthetic but if it is deeper in the body you usually have the biopsy in hospital under a general anaesthetic. After it is done, you will have a few stitches which can be removed about a week to 10 days later. It may take 2 weeks or so to come through and you can talk to your practitioner in the meantime. If there are other symptoms present besides enlarged nodes in your neck, armpit or groin, you may have a CT scan of your chest, abdomen or pelvis and it will show up any lymph node affected by lymphoma. The doctor will probably ask you to drink a liquid called a contrast medium before the scan to make the pictures clearer (About Hodgkin Lymphoma, n.d.). Huntington’s Disease
Huntington’s disease is an inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain and has an effect on an individual’s movement and thinking. Symptoms usually occur in people between their 30s and 40s but the onset can be earlier. The disease can exhibit symptoms such as involuntary jerking, muscle problems, difficulty...
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Huntington 's disease. (n.d.). Retrieved March 13, 2015, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/huntingtons-disease/basics/definition/con-20030685
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