Swelling In The Neck

Swelling or lump in the neck is called neck mass. Some conditions that can result in neck swellings are infectious mononucleosis, thyroid nodules, branchial cleft cyst, goiter, tonsillitis, Hodgkin's disease, thyroid cancer, and lymph node enlargement.

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What could be the chronic painless swelling in the neck?

Query: Hello doctor, I have random swelling in my neck for quite a long period. But it has improved with time. However, it is persisting. I am currently on medications for scoliosis. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope you are not in much discomfort. The x-ray is reviewed (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are mild osteophytes in the superior anterior part of the C6 vertebral body, and it is a mild degenerative change and not a serious concern. The x-ray...  Read Full »

Why is there swelling in the head and neck with severe tooth pain?

Query: Hi doctor, A lady over 50 years of age who is taking the following medications (associated conditions are shown) is now forming two new symptoms: Numerous swellings on the head and neck and a severe tooth pain. We are worried about it as it can be a signal indicating that the heart needs treatment. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your patient has been suffering from swelling on the head and neck with a toothache. And your query is about the probable causes of her present clinical features with remedies. She is dia...  Read Full »

My 1 year kid has continuous fever and abscess in neck. Kindly guide.

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 1 year old. Since 10 days she has a fever. From the very first day, we have consult pediatrician and he started Nobel plus for fever four times a day. We completed the course for five days and returned to doctor for follow up. He again suggested for Nobel plus twice a d...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. I have gone through reports and history (attachment removed to protect patient identity). From the picture, it appears to be abscess only. Also, the doctor confirms it on examination. The next line of action should be an ultrasound of the abscess to look for e...  Read Full »

Are there any home tests to assess the status of swelling in the neck?

Query: Hello doctor, I have swelling in the neck and tested in the laboratory about three years ago. They say I have a problem with my thyroid and I need to consult a doctor. Unfortunately, we do not get a chance to go back to the hospital again because of a lack of money. I am 17 now and my neck is still ...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In most cases, when there is a swelling associated with the thyroid, the swelling moves when you swallow and can be seen when you turn your neck backward and swallow. The surest test to detect a thyroid swelling is by doing an ultrasound to assess minor details, size, ...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for swelling in neck, lower back and wrist pain.

Query: Hello doctor, I have swelling in the right side of my neck (location: supraclavicular lateral to sternocleido mastoid muscle) for about one month. I also have left lower back pain towards the mid axillary line. It is not superficial pain but pain on deep press for about two weeks and right wrist te...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Wajid

Physiotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems you are suffering from muscle problems passing through the spine. I simply suggest you only three things at first. 1. Wear soft collar. 2. Wear wrist band. 3. Back strengthening exercise for low backache. You can take pills like Advil (Ibuprofen) or Aleve...  Read Full »

Why do I have a swelling in the middle of the neck?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 22 years old. I have swelling in the middle of my neck since last two months. I do not have thyroid and I got it tested two months back. The result was negative. I have consulted a doctor and he prescribed me Monti FX and Lugol's iodine solution and it helped me a little, but after ...  Read Full »


Dr. Alok Rathi

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Swelling in the middle of the neck has huge list of causes. If you do not have fever, pain, difficulty in swallowing and just swelling is present, then thyroid swelling and lymph node swelling are the two most common causes. Thyroid swelling does not mean that your blood...  Read Full »

My neck glands swell and recede alternatively. Does it indicate hypothyroidism?

Query: Hello doctor,For four weeks I had glands in my neck it swells and then recedes, and then returns to swelling again. Chest and backaches or cramps accompany this. Is this hypothyroidism?  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and from what you described it appears that you have some upper respiratory tract infection, which could be giving the lymph node swelling in your neck, which is associated with your muscle cramps. These are not thyroid gland swellings according to ...  Read Full »

There is a neck swelling and Mantoux test shows 15 mm raised surface. Is it TB?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has gone for the Mantoux test and the report stated 15 mm raised surface. There is a swelling on the left side of the neck near the shoulder. Firstly we went to a homeopath because we thought that it is a stone. After 3 to 4 days it started paining after that we went to the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your query and here is my advise. The swelling could be due to infective enlarged lymph nodes, reactive node enlargement or tuberculosis. You cannot rely on the Mantoux test. It is not the test for tuberculosis. To confirm tuberculosis and to rule out th...  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

Paediatrician

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 »

At what age can surgery be done for a branchial cyst?

Query: Hello doctor, My 20 months old son is diagnosed with a branchial cyst in the anterior aspect of his neck, at the right paramedian location at the level of the thyroid gland. It is anterior to the strap muscle with cranial extension up to the right submandibular gland. Is the only option surgery? I...  Read Full »


Dr. Arvind Guru

General Surgeon, Surgical Gastroenterologist, Surgical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your information and the ultrasonography report provided (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The only treatment for this condition is surgery. Any surgery that is done under general anesthesia does have a very small risk of things going wron...  Read Full »

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