Q. What causes a lump at the back of throat?

Answered by
Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
Published on Oct 11, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have a lump at the back of my throat (oropharynx). When I look inside my mouth, I can see it. The veins around it are enlarged and well visible. I asked my doctor what it is, and she told me it is an enlarged lymph node. I do not fully trust it, since I cannot find any lymph nodes in literature at the exact spot my lump is at. It is directly in the middle, and I thought the lymph nodes of the mouth were located on the sides of the head or throat. I would say it is not more than 1 inch in size, and it has no yellow or black spots.

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Otolaryngology (E.N.T)
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Mostly it is an inflammation of the lymphoid adenoid tissue as it can extend downwards from the nasopharynx. Is it painful or tender to food?

Thank you doctor,

It is not painful, I do not feel it at all. The lump has been present for longer than six months right now.

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Otolaryngology (E.N.T)
#

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Great. I advice you to use mouth wash twice daily for two weeks, stop smoking and alcohol. You just need to follow up the lump every four months. You have to be worried just in case of rapid excessive growth of the mass, change in its color, development of an ulcer in it. Do not panic and examine it daily. Forget it and just visit a clinic every four months or capture a photo of it every four months and let me follow it up with you and save the recent photo for the comparison.

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