Lump In Neck

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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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 »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

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 »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

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 »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

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 »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

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 »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

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 »


Dr. E. Venkata Ramana

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 »


Dr. Radha Peruvemba Hariharan

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 »


Dr. Thiyagarajan. T

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 »

My 3-year-old child is suffering from a lump on the neck. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, My 3 year old child has a lump on the right side of his neck. We had observed this a few months back and it has increased a little in size right now. At present, he is having fever since two days. The pediatrician has advised to control temperature through medicines for three days and the...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not a big issue most of the time. These lumps if less than 1 cm size is a normal part of the body. We see unusual lumps in the case of tuberculosis and it does not appear in your case. If it is not increased much, only one in number and less than 1 cm with soft in...  Read Full »

Can thyroid problems be the cause of my symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old with a weight of 32 kilograms and a height of five feet two inches. Before few years, I noticed a slight bulge building on the right side of the neck. When I was a small child, I had trouble in gaining weight and I always feel hungry. I will eat food every two hours. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send a picture of your lump in the neck. Please mention whether you still have it and whether there is an increase in size after you notice it. You have lactose intolerance. It means that after eating dairy products like milk, your body is not able to digest ...  Read Full »

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