Neck lumps occur in varied conditions like lymph node enlargement due to local infection, enlarged lymph nodes due to cancer metastasis, thyroid problems like goiter, swollen salivary glands, localized cysts, and tumors like cystic hygroma, branchial cleft cyst, thyroid cancer, etc. Symptoms and management differ based on the type of lump.
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Is biopsy necessary for neck swelling?
Query: Hi doctor, I had a swelling developed on my neck overnight 10 days ago. I went to a doctor who did an ultrasound and took thyroid function blood tests. He said it as a 1.1 x 1.1 inch cyst with 0.3 x 0.3 inch tumor or nodule with some calcification. He took some of the cyst liquid and sent away for t... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A cyst being malignant is very unlikely. But, a nodule definitely needs evaluation though you do not have any symptoms. I recommend you to first get I-131 scintigraphy scan followed by FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology). This is irrespective of cyst fluid report. Read Full »
My skin changed from thick to velvet, along with lesions or lumps on the cheeks, neck, jawline, and throat. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, My skin changed from thick to velvet in two weeks. There are lesions on the cheeks, neck, lumps under the skin on the jawline, and two lumps in the throat. Skull appears smaller and is now covered with large indentations. A computed tomography scan was taken three months before that sh... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is seborrheic dermatitis, according to your symptoms and reports. My advice: Consult your specialist doctor, talk to them, and take medications with their consent. Apply cream Miconazole (Miconazole Nitrate) twice daily in the mornin... Read Full »
I think the lump in my throat is due to laryngopharyngeal reflux. Will it resolve on its own if I take preventive measures?
Query: Hello doctor,I have had a lump in my throat for about two to three days. It may be laryngopharyngeal reflux because I went to lie down after eating like twice. Should I get it checked out, or will it go away if I take preventive measures? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. If suppose it is laryngopharyngeal reflux, try conservative measures. If it does not improve or worsen, we may do a laryngoscopy to check the throat. I would suggest you the following. Eat regularly, in smaller q... Read Full »
I have a lump in my sternum. What can it be?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a lump on my sternum. It is not big and not painful, also not hard. I just did chest X-ray and I believe it does not show anything. What can it be? Also, my blood work is normal except high uric acid level. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your X-ray is fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and no lump is visible on the X-ray. The first possibility and common cause is a lipoma. If possible, you may upload a picture of the lump. Also, let me know, whether it is just below the skin or at... Read Full »
Please advise on nasopharyngeal carcinoma in a 17 year old male.
Query: Hello doctor, This query is regarding nasopharyngeal carcinoma non-keratinizing. The patient is a male 17 years. His symptoms are epistaxis, lump on the right side of the neck, and weight loss. Blood tests, CT scan, FNAC cervical lymph node right side of the neck, EBV testing, and biopsy of nasophar... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like a nasopharyngeal carcinoma (a head and neck tumor). But still, the staging workup is incomplete. So, you need to do a CT scan of the chest and isotope bone scan or a PET/CT sca... Read Full »
What could be the hard, painful lump in my neck near Adam's apple that moves when I swallow?
Query: Hello doctor,I have a hard, painful lump in my neck above my Adam's apple. It moves when I swallow. I can pinch it from underneath and move it around slightly.Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your history, the neck swelling seems like submental lymphadenitis. It is inflammation of the submental lymph node. The common causes are oral cavity infections and skin infections like acne. If you have any skin conditions (acne), it should be treated first ... Read Full »
I have a neck lump between my shoulder and arm. What should I do?
Query: Hello doctor, I have lumps on my neck at the joint between my shoulder and my arm. I have had sinus issues with cystic fibrosis and painful bowel movements. Should I be worried? Kindly help. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. I need more details about your condition, so kindly answer the following questions. 1. When did you notice the lump on your neck for the first time? 2. Do you have any family history of any disease? 3. Is the lump inc... Read Full »
What can be done for a lump on the neck of a 5 year old?
Query: Hello doctor, My 5 year old son has a lump on his neck. He had a similar lump about two years back, but it disappeared. The size of the lump is a little bigger this time. What to do? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lump in the neck is due to an enlarged lymph node caused by an infection. If the node is enlarged, then a course of antibiotic has to be given after consulting a pediatrician. If it responds to the antibiotics, then nothing more is required. But if the lump is increasi... Read Full »
Why do my neck lumps not respond to antibiotics?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24-year-old female. I have a lump on both sides of my neck that I first noticed two months ago and still not going away even with antibiotics. I have no fever. Six months back, I had an ear infection and was prescribed antibiotics. I was also diagnosed with COVID-19 a year before.... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lumps or lymph nodes enlargement on the neck are often met with many conditions. The most common cause is tooth decay or infection inside the oral cavity or gums. Ear infection also produces lymph node enlargement. If you have a chronic infection, then the glands will ... Read Full »
What does it mean to have a neck lump with pain?
Query: Hi doctor, I have had pain in the neck region for about seven to eight months. I have pointed the exact site of pain in the photo. I feel a cramping type of pain when I yawn or laugh. My height is 6'2," and I have been working from home due to the COVID pandemic for the past two years. I have a ne... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The lump in your neck is something benign. Since your ultrasound report of neck and laryngoscope examinations are normal, this is reassuring. The area you are pointing to in the photo is far away from the thyroid, so unlikely to be a thyroid disorder (attachments re... Read Full »