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i have a lump in the back of my throat on the left side what could it be

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Efremov
42 years experience in Internal Medicine
No simple answer: You need to check this out promptly....A good ENT can help resolve the question by a careful examination.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nadine Yamusah
Specializes in Internal Medicine
I am unable to give : you a diagnosis without actually seeing the lump and performing certain tests. Is it towards the jawline, fevers? Is the lump diminishing as your ear ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Dr. can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Smith
31 years experience in Internal Medicine
Dental abcess: Dental abscess would be first thought possible neuroma if previous extraction site.
A female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience in Orthodontics
Incomplete: Incomplete question. Do you have an infected tooth? was it remove ed? Were ou placed on antibiotics and if so, are you taking them exam try as dire ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
pain: Intensity?. Duration?. Other symptoms?. Best to have it looked at by your primary care doc.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Normal lymph node: We have lymph nodes scattered throughout our body & they are often detected in the neck where they sit on top of neck muscles. These nodes are little ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience in General Surgery
May be a cyst: Yu may have an infected cyst , but you have to make sure not some thing serious see your doctor for rx antibiotics or even possible drainage or remova ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keshab Paudel
18 years experience in Internal Medicine
? Infection: If you have a lump in last 24 hours, it could be due to injury or infection. If you have a fever or pain with that lump which indicates an infection t ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Mary Engrav
30 years experience in Emergency Medicine
If : If you have persistent abdominal pain then you need to have a medical evaluation. Try to see what makes it better or worse which may help your doctor ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
19 years experience in Pathology
See doctor: Please see your doctor for an examination and a possible biopsy. While it may be benign, it could also be quite serious.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience in Family Medicine
Bump: No I do not think it is serious it is probably either a lipoma or a sebaceous cyst I would see a physician to decide if it needs to be removed
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Maybe a big tonsil: Tonsils are part of the immune system. When enlarged, they look like an oval lump on the left and right sides of the back of the throat, behind the to ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
See your doctor: Your doctor needs to feel and palpate the lump to be able to tell you what it is.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurence Fox
Specializes in Family Medicine
Appendicitis: Right lower quadrant could be appendicitis, ectopic pregnancy, or female ovarian issue. Right upper abdomen pain could be liver issues, gall bladder ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Suzanne Galli
23 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See your doctor: you may need a biopsy
A member asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Left tonsil: It is possible something got stuck in your tonsil or you have a tonsil stone that built up in a tonsil crypt. Practice good hygiene by brushing and ga ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eldridge Burns
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Eustachian tube: This is most likely due to eustachian tube dysfunction...This thin floppy tube connects the ear to the mouth and can close off when allergies are acti ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kavita Gupta
37 years experience in Pain Management
Neck pain: Usually a knot within the muscle tissue is called a "taut band" or tightened up muscle fibers that occur from an injury to the region.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
18 years experience in Urgent Care
Hmmm: Could be a lymph node could be a tonsil could be part of your neck. It would be nice to have a look. Please get checked out.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Various...: This could be related to various possibilities: it could be a muscle spasm, an infected gland, ear infection, shingles. The only way to tell is gettin ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Schleimer
37 years experience in Orthodontics
Depends: It could be normal anatomy of the region. It is true however that anatomy favors bilateral symmetry. If the condition worsens or you are worried consu ... Read More

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