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Small hard lump deep within neck for two months. Ultrasound results say "No visible mass. There is shadowing 5 mm calcification in the deep soft tissue of the left posterior neck, seems to correspond to a palpable lump". Feeling scared about this?

Small hard lump deep within neck for two months. Ultrasound results say "No visible mass. There is shadowing 5 mm calcification in the deep soft tissue of the left posterior neck, seems to correspond to a palpable lump". Feeling scared about this?

Neck lump: Great that you had it checked. Did you have any sort of prior injury to that spot? Even acne can leave a calcification behind after it heals. Did the radiologist recommend repeating the sonogram in 6-12 months? Might help to see if there is a change over time.
Don't worry, but do recheck it. ...Read more

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It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Looking in my throat I noticed small white patch/lump on posterior pharyngeal wall. It is been there a while always the same size. Is it cancer?

Looking in my throat I noticed small white patch/lump on posterior pharyngeal wall. It is been there a while always the same size. Is it cancer?

Biopsy could help: Commonly white lines or patches in the oral pharynx may be due to irritation, so called leukoplakia; however, pre-malignant lesions called dysplasia may present as red or white discrete lesions in the oral pharynx as well, but you are quite young for that. Occasionally infections or some inflammatory conditions may also present as white plaques in the mouth. A clinical exam could help. ...Read more

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Are whitish-yellow lumps on the posterior pharynx dangerous? What are they?

Are whitish-yellow lumps on the posterior pharynx dangerous? What are they?

Unusual: It could be an infection (in which case your throat will hurt when you swallow food). Such bumps can be enlarged tonsils whichcan get infection and show yellow spots on the surface. If you are concerned you should show it to your GP or seek and ENT specialist's opinion. I do not think they are dangerous unless there is sore throat in which case it could be strept throat requiring antibiotic treatm ...Read more

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Bump posterior side of neck...not exactly lump. Saw Dr told me just a lymph node& no concern similar bump on other side. Should I still be worried?

Bump posterior side of neck...not exactly lump. Saw Dr told me just a lymph node& no concern similar bump on other side. Should I still be worried?

NOT to worry: But if these "bumps" are lymph nodes you may have a chronic SCALP problem...Just a thought! Get it checked out!

Hope this is helpful

Dr Z ...Read more

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Have 5-6 mm calcified lump in the posterior neck, doctor recommend imaging. Should do MRI with and without contrast or CT w/ contrast? Benefits/risks?

Have 5-6 mm calcified lump in the posterior neck, doctor recommend imaging. Should do MRI with and without contrast or CT w/ contrast? Benefits/risks?

Neither!: If you know the lump is calcified, you're best off not doing any imaging. If you want to know what it is, go to a surgeon or pathologist who can manage a simple biopsy, probably in his office, to figure out what it is. A FNA (fine needle aspiration) may work out for you. If you REALLY need to know if it is solid or a cyst, then ultrasound is better. CT involves radiation. MRIs are $$. Avoid them. ...Read more

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I have lumps in posterior triangle of neck for 20 days now. No sore throat or URTI. One around occipital area is rock solid. All are pain less

I have lumps in posterior triangle of neck for 20 days now. No sore throat or URTI. One around occipital area is rock solid. All are pain less

Swollen lymph nodes: It sounds like you have swollen lymph nodes, These can last several months in the absence of an infection. If you feel they are not getting better, I would follow up with your primary care physician as she may need to get blood work and possibly a biopsy to make sure there's nothing else going on ...Read more

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Had posterior vagina wall repair 2 weeks ago. Weird bumps and lumps all around the sutures, looks like little balls of flesh. Causes? Will it go away?

Had posterior vagina wall repair 2 weeks ago. Weird bumps and lumps all around the sutures, looks like little balls of flesh. Causes? Will it go away?

Probably normal: Tissue trauma from surgery initiates the body's natural healing mechanisms including the development of platelet rich plasma (PRP). The gel matrix that forms looks like swollen tissue. If you have ever had a scab that you looked under, the yellow "goo" in a wound is platelet rich plasma which is healing the trauma of a tissue wound. A discharge that looks like pus would be abnormal. ...Read more

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How soon should I have neck hard lump checked?

How soon should I have neck hard lump checked?

Have it checked: Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things ranging from from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous tumors) to serious things like cancer. Any neck lumps in someone who smokes are especially worrisome and should be checked by a physician. See your doctor soon, so he/she can do an exam and recommend a specialist if needed (like an ENT doctor). ...Read more

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Hard lump in neck that feels like grissle - muscle?

Hard lump in neck that feels like grissle - muscle?

A few things: Can be an abscess from a tooth, a swollen lymph node, enlarged salivary gland, thyroid mass, cyst, tumor, etc. Whatever it is, not normal. See ENT doc ASAP. ...Read more

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Hard lump on back of neck or spine. Not moveable. Tender to touch. What could this be?

Hard lump on back of neck or spine. Not moveable. Tender to touch. What could this be?

Infected cyst??: Sounds like you might have had a sebaceous cyst which got infected, hence it is harder and tender now. These are benign swellings in the skin occurring near a hair.
See your doc/surgeon about it for proper DX and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a hard painful lump under the skin on my neck right under the hairline. What could it be?

I have a hard painful lump under the skin on my neck right under the hairline. What could it be?

Lymph node?: Could be a lymph node or abcess or cyst. There are a few possibilities. Watch to see if any change in size. Don't touch. See if resolves on its own. May take several weeks ...Read more

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A hard lump on the right side of my neck that is very sore whenever I touch it or turn my head its about the size of a dime?

A hard lump on the right side of my neck that is very sore whenever I touch it or turn my head its about the size of a dime?

Lymph node: This could be a lymph node that is swollen. A node can get infected or it can swell in reaction to an infection in the head/neck area. You should have it checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump that doesn't move and isn't attached to my skin underneath on back of neck. Also a little tender. What can it be?

I have a hard lump that doesn't move and isn't attached to my skin underneath on back of neck. Also a little tender. What can it be?

Lymphnode?: Could be a lymph node that is working as it should. However, if this does not go away in two weeks then you will need to be examined. ...Read more

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Large hard lump on my neck/above the collerbone, burning an painful, itchy appeared 2days ago what could it be possibly? Is it serious?

Large hard lump on my neck/above the collerbone, burning an painful, itchy appeared 2days ago what could it be possibly? Is it serious?

See a doctor: Large lumps that occur suddenly always should be checked out by a doctor. Most "lumps" are not serious but some are. Your doctor will determine if further tests are needed. ...Read more

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40 year old friend has a marble sized hard immobile smooth lump about an inch down from the jaw on neck. Is this concerning for malignancy?

40 year old friend has a marble sized hard immobile smooth lump about an inch down from the jaw on neck. Is this concerning for malignancy?

See a doctor & biopsy: It would be difficult to know what this is without e
Examining it and sampling for pathology via a biopsy. Important things to know are how long it’s been there. If it has changed and what the patient history is- does he or She smoke? Are there any other lumps or bumps? Etc ...Read more

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I found a hard non mobile lump under the skin that is on my upper back it is painful to the touch. It is where the shoulder and neck meet.?

I found a hard non mobile lump under the skin that is on my upper back it is painful to the touch. It is where the shoulder and neck meet.?

Blocked gland?: A sebaceous cyst is a collection of oily fluid that occurs when an oil gland is blocked. Some folks are more prone to them than other and they often appear on the neck, shoulders, and back. Try to avoid skin products that are oily. Stay away from transfats and bad oils, which is good for overall health. See doc for proper diagnosis because it could be more serious. ...Read more

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I had acupuncture today on my neck shldrs& lwr back, I have hard round and painful to touch lumps under my skin where some needles were. Concern?

I had acupuncture today on my neck shldrs& lwr back, I have hard round and painful to touch lumps under my skin where some needles were. Concern?

Pickering?: If your provider pickered trigger (ashi) points this could lead to tenderness and swelling. In this situation - it is a normal reaction. ...Read more

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I have two rock hard lumps on each side of my neck. What could they be figuring bones don't grow there? My rmt or chiro didn't have a solid answer.

Show them to: A surgeon. It could be abnormal lymph nodes that became enlarged because of hodgkin's disease, or some other malignancy. I think you are correct to be concerned. ...Read more

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Woke up yesterday with hard smooth lump in left side of my neck. Today left side of my neck feels kind of stiff, sore and itchy. What could this be?

Woke up yesterday with hard smooth lump in left side of my neck. Today left side of my neck feels kind of stiff, sore and itchy. What could this be?

Neck lump: This may be an enlarged lymph node which is a response to some irritation or skin inflammation possibly from cosmetics, jewellery, clothing, etc. It could also have been due to an insect bite. If the redness is not severe, try applying a cortisone type cream. If redness worsens, if the lump doesn't recede or if new ones appear, see your physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump like knot on the back of my neck. Maybe even on the spine. Had small knot there for years but never hurt. Sore to even touch now?

I have a hard lump like knot on the back of my neck. Maybe even on the spine. Had small knot there for years but never hurt. Sore to even touch now?

Infected cyst??: Sounds like you might have had a sebaceous cyst which got infected, hence it is harder and tender now. These are benign swellings in the skin occurring near a hair.
See your doc/surgeon about it for proper DX and treatment. ...Read more

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There's a dime sized lump on my neck, near my jaw but not so much, it came out of nowhere, what is it? No pain or anything, it's hard but not really.

There's a dime sized lump on my neck, near my jaw but not so much, it came out of nowhere, what is it? No pain or anything, it's hard but not really.

Hard to tell: Without an exam. It could be a lymph node, cyst, lipoma. I would recommend seeing your doctor to check it out. ...Read more

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I've had a pretty hard lump on my neck for as long as I can remember, only on the right side. It almost feels attached to muscle. Should I be worried?

I've had a pretty hard lump on my neck for as long as I can remember, only on the right side. It almost feels attached to muscle. Should I be worried?

Have it checked: It is always a good idea to have a unilateral (on one side) area that is different from the other side examined to be sure that there are no issues present. Without it being examined by a physician there is no way to know if it is typical or not. Please have your doctor look at it to help determine how next to take care of it, if needed. ...Read more

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About a week ago I found a hard lump on the left side of my neck it doesn't move or hurt I'm 26yrs old mother of 2 kids should I worry about this lump?

About a week ago I found a hard lump on the left side of my neck it doesn't move or hurt I'm 26yrs old mother of 2 kids should I worry about this lump?

Stony hard?: If it is hard like a rock, or bigger than a golf ball, or stuck to bone, get seen now. Otherwise keep an eye on it and show it to your physician on your next visit. It can be a "sebaceous" cyst, a big lymph node there to help you, a bronchial cleft cyst, or any of a dozen other common entities. ...Read more

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In six months I went from 2-13 lumps on my back all are softish and movable I got a new one on my neck hard un movable fatigue headaches loss of balan?

In six months I went from 2-13 lumps on my back all are softish and movable I got a new one on my neck hard un movable fatigue headaches loss of balan?

HardToGetAPicture...: Without a photo it's really difficult but just based on what you've described I'd suggest you get yourself checked for what's called "Neurofibromatosis, " which can start as you've described. Don't freak out just find out...it could be and most likely is something else, like little benign fatty tumors but why take a chance? There's nothing to be acutely afraid of, but get an exam sooner than later. ...Read more

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See profile/health info pic. Back of neck where shoulder & neck meet is more prominent & firm than other side. No lumps - could it b swollen lymph nod?

See profile/health info pic. Back of neck where shoulder & neck meet is more prominent & firm than other side. No lumps - could it b swollen lymph nod?

May be neck muscle: If it is really behind the neck, it isn't likely to be a gland. The glands are mainly on the front side of the neck. One of the larger back of the neck muscles may be larger than the other side, or may be swollen from being over used. This muscle is called the trapezius, if you want to look it up and confirm that is where the swelling is at. ...Read more

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I have a sm. Bb sized firm lump under my skin. On my neck, a little red/pink, and been there for a little over a month. Aggrevated when I tried to pop?

I have a sm. Bb sized firm lump under my skin. On my neck, a little red/pink, and been there for a little over a month. Aggrevated when I tried to pop?

Sounds innocent: You probably just have a small pimple or cyst in the skin of your neck. I would refrain from squeezing it again. If it does not resolve in a few weeks, you should see your physician and may need referral to a surgeon for excision. ...Read more

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Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?

Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?

Many possibilities: How big? Increasing in size? Painful? History of infections? History of cancer? how deep? What does it feel like? Swollen lymph nodes in the area? Redness to the skin? Does it move or is it fixed in position? Drainage? fever? itching? Fatigue? Large number of possibilities, benign cyst, fatty lump (lipoma), enlarged lymph node would be common, have a doctor check it. Most serious, but rare, cancer ...Read more

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Hello my mum just noticed a pea sized small hard and not moveable lump on the back of her neck just a bit over her hair line it doesn't hurt she is 34?

Hello my mum just noticed a pea sized small hard and not moveable lump on the back of her neck just a bit over her hair line it doesn't hurt she is 34?

Lump: This may be an ingrown hair, inclusion cyst or a burnt out old lymph node. It would have to be examined by a physician to be sure. It may need no treatment if there is no inflammation (redness and tenderness) present. If it enlarges or new lumps appear, more concern is raised and more evaluation and testing are needed. ...Read more

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Hi. Yestrday I found a lump in back of my neck like peas size so hard, little painful, I went dr here says maybe infection, is that true or it could cancr?

Hi. Yestrday I found a lump in back of my neck like peas size so hard, little painful, I went dr here says maybe infection, is that true or it could cancr?

Probably infection: If a lymph node is painful, it is a reassuring sign and likely due to infection. Cancers tend to cause hard but painless node enlargment. ...Read more

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My Husband is experiencing neck lump or bulge. It came on suddenly 1 week prior to a cold in front of voice box. Lump is hard and oriented slighty above voicebox in middle of neck.

My Husband is experiencing neck lump or bulge. It came on suddenly 1 week prior to a cold in front of voice box. Lump is hard and oriented slighty above voicebox in middle of neck.

Likely lymph node: Most likely a lymph node, which is enlarged because of the cold (viral infection). If it persists more than a few weeks, new areas appear, or it enlarges get it checked out by a doctor. There are more serious diseases which can cause lymph node enlargement. ...Read more

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Are cancerous neck lumps movable and firm?

Are cancerous neck lumps movable and firm?

Can be: But they also can be quite hard and fixed to structures. If you have enlarged nodes for a while without a clear explanation, you should be seen by your doc. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump on my neck?

I have a hard lump on my neck?

Be seen: Lumps and bumps in the head and neck need to be evaluated as the possibilities are many. Your primary md is a good place to start or go straight to an ENT surgeon. ...Read more