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I've got a small lump on my neck that moves around and can see slightly by other people, I've had to for about 6 months now?

I've got a small lump on my neck that moves around and can see slightly by other people, I've had to for about 6 months now?

Neck lump: Hello~ it depends where the lump is and how big is it. If its on either side of the windpipe, its probably the thyoid. If is under the jaw, its probably a lymph or salivary gland. In far lateral neck probably a small sebaceous cyst. The only way to be certain is to let your doc check it. Thanks ...Read more

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Lump At Front Of Neck (Definition)

Swelling prominent in anterior part of the neck, such ...Read more


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I was sick about a month ago and since then I've had a small bean sized lump on my neck which moves around under my skin. It is not visible.

I was sick about a month ago and since then I've had a small bean sized lump on my neck which moves around under my skin. It is not visible.

Lymph node: This is most likely a lymph node that enlarged during your recent illness and may slowly recede over time. Sometimes the node permanently remains as a burned out small mass and is not significant. If the mass in your neck enlarges, becomes tender or if new masses appear, see your Physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Lump on my neck, it moves when I swallow and today It's hard to swallow. Normal blood test, ultrasound said not a typical lump. What could it be?

Lump on my neck, it moves when I swallow and today It's hard to swallow. Normal blood test, ultrasound said not a typical lump. What could it be?

Need to examine: If an ultrasound and supposedly examination by a doctor have not provided an answer, it would not be feasible to answer the question in this forum. It may require additional imaging, needle aspiration biopsy or open biopsy and examination of the material by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Why have my 17 month old son got a ball type lump in his neck and it moves like a ball?

Why have my 17 month old son got a ball type lump in his neck and it moves like a ball?

Likely a lymph node: There are many pea sized lymph nodes located in the tissues of the neck & they are prominent when they overly muscles. They can enlarge when stimulated by bug bites on the surrounding skin or illness or throat drainage. On rare occasion they can become infected by various germs & swell to the size of a walnut & need to be drained. Most settle down after 2-3 wks & resume their pre-stimulated size. ...Read more

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I have a large hard lump between my collerbone an neck that moves an is painful like burning type pain what could this be? An should I be concerned?

I have a large hard lump between my collerbone an neck that moves an is painful like burning type pain what could this be? An should I be concerned?

Yes: Anything that is a mass, is painful, and is burning needs to be evaluated by an orthopedic tumor specialist. The burning sensation could mean that it is involving the nerves. ...Read more

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Large cyst like lump in neck under ear near jaw. It moves to touch. Related to allergies or cold? What is it?

Large cyst like lump in neck under ear near jaw. It moves to touch. Related to allergies or cold? What is it?

See a doctor.: In the area you mentioned, it could be a parotid gland problem. At your age it could be a blocked salivary duct. It could also be something more serious, so go to your primary care physician. ...Read more

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What could cause this very painful lump in neck?

What could cause this very painful lump in neck?

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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What could cause a pea sized lump in neck?

What could cause a pea sized lump in neck?

Lots of things: There are many different things that can present this way. The most common is an enlarged lymph node. I would recommend an md visit if the issue doesn't resolve. ...Read more

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Why would one have neutropenia and lump in neck?

Why would one have neutropenia and lump in neck?

May be unconnectedor: May not be related or could indicate a disorder suppressing neutrophils - e.g., lupus, lymphoma. ...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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Lump in neck on adams apple. Should I be concerned?

Lump in neck on adams apple. Should I be concerned?

Call physician: Anytime a lump develops, it is important to have it checked out to determine what it is and if any treatment is needed. This could be a thyroid problem. ...Read more

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Lump in neck of my baby just below her chin?

Lump in neck of my baby just below her chin?

Midline swelling?: If the lump is in the midline it may be remnant of thyroid development. It is known as thyroglossal cyst. If this be the case see your pediatrician and discuss the problem with him. If the lump is on the side of the neck it may be a lymph gland resulting from a old or upper respiratory infection. Again see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Small lump in neck, how likely to be lymphoma?

Small lump in neck, how likely to be lymphoma?

Unlikely: It is more likely to be swelling of a lymph node from non-cancerous causes. There are other possibilities especially depending on the location on the neck. ...Read more

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Must I have marrow biopsy if neutropenia and lump in neck?

Must I have marrow biopsy if neutropenia and lump in neck?

Yes: A bone marrow biopsy is needed due to the presence of neutropenia if it is otherwise unexplained. In addition, the presence of the lump in the neck is worrisome and should be, if needed, biopsied. If the neck node is + for lymphoma a bone marrow would be required to see if there is lymphoma in the bone marrow. Hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more

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Which medicine is best if I have difficult to sallow saliva feeling lump in neck?

Which medicine is best if I have difficult to sallow saliva feeling lump in neck?

See your physician.: It is always best to evaluate the cause of a problem before taking any medicine for symptoms. ...Read more

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Can a small lump in neck that's moveable considered lynphoma? Does size indicate if it's lynphoma? I've been losing weight

Can a small lump in neck that's moveable considered lynphoma? Does size indicate if it's lynphoma? I've been losing weight

Not necessarily: Lymph nodes are everywhere in your body and act as filters help your immune system function properly. They can filter foreign particles such drainage from allergies, infection or cancer cells. They can become inflamed or enlarged. An enlarged node's size doesn't tell whether it is more likely or not to be cancerous. Further tests such as a CT or biopsy. Neck lump poss thyroid nodule. Appt needed ...Read more

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I had FBC done after finding a lump in neck. Results came back "satisfactory" and nothing else was said. Still waiting on ultrasound. Is that good?

I had FBC done after finding a lump in neck. Results came back "satisfactory" and nothing else was said. Still waiting on ultrasound. Is that good?

Yes it is!: There are many different causes for a neck lump. Taking an accurate history and performing a thorughly examination often brings forth the diagnosis. The FBC was probably performed to exclude a tumour of the blood such a lymphoma, and to see the result as 'satisfactory' is reassuring. The USS will help further with this diagnosis and don't be surprised if they say they want to a biopsy. ...Read more

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Pea sized hard lump in neck, should I see doctor?

Yes: Pea size lump in neck might be swollen lymph node, go to doctor and he will examine you to check for any other enlarged lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Craniotomy nov '11 meningioma, small residual tumor left. Hard lump in neck afterwards. U/s indicates hypoechoic nodule. Tsh norm. Concern warranted?

Craniotomy nov '11 meningioma, small residual tumor left. Hard lump in neck afterwards. U/s indicates hypoechoic nodule. Tsh norm. Concern warranted?

Yes: While this is unlikely to be related to your meningioma, it should be further evaluated. If this is in your thyroid it could well be an adenoma, but without a biopsy of some type you will not know! ...Read more

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Low energy, large lump in neck, weight gain?

Low energy, large lump in neck, weight gain?

Check thyroid: One possible cause of the symptoms you mention would be an underactive thyroid. Simple blood tests can screen for this. ...Read more

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Can anybody give me advice about lump in neck stomach and back?

Can anybody give me advice about lump in neck stomach and back?

Not normal: Definitely not normal. You need to see your MD ASAP. Neck masses should be evaluated by ENT surgeons ...Read more

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Can a tender lump in neck be malignant? I've heard that cancerous lumps don't cause any pain??

Can a tender lump in neck be malignant? I've heard that cancerous lumps don't cause any pain??

Low probability: Tender, red or painful lumps in the head and neck region most often represent inflammatory lesions like abscess or inflamed cyst or hair follicle etc. Pain is a symptom of nerve irritation either by inflammation or blunt/sharp trauma. If cancer invades a nerve it may also cause pain. In principle, any lump should be investigate ...Read more

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Is coughing and with phlegm associated with lymphoma? I also have a little lump in neck and been losing weight.

Is coughing and with phlegm associated with lymphoma? I also have a little lump in neck and been losing weight.

See your Doctor: It is not a presenting symptom of lymphoma-cough and phlegm.
I noticed several questions from you in this regards. Seems your very much concerned about it and may be stressed out too. Best way is to be seen by your MD and if needed he ca or she can do some work up as well. Once the issue of Lymphoma is ruled out you will be at peace ...Read more

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Could I still have thyroid issues with normal bloodwork lump in neck thinks its thyroid? Had three miscarriages too no answers

Could I still have thyroid issues with normal bloodwork lump in neck thinks its thyroid? Had three miscarriages too no answers

Not sure...: Thyroid levels can fluctate, so even if it was normal once, it can be abnormal later. Check with your endocrinologist. If you feel a lump in your neck, get it looked at. The endocrinologist can also likely take care of the evaluation for that, but you might need an ENT to look further into it. ...Read more

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Can anybody give me advice about lump in neck, sore to touch?

Can anybody give me advice about lump in neck, sore to touch?

Evaluation: There are so many things in the neck, that you really need to be evaluated. If you have a primary care provider, that is a good place to start. If you don't, an ENT specialist is best suited to provide you the care you need. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a hard immovable bone like lump in neck turn out begnin? Not a cyst or infection

What are the chances of a hard immovable bone like lump in neck turn out begnin? Not a cyst or infection

Biopsy: Hard nodes fixed to surrounding tissues are often malignant. But have seen calcified granulomas present like this, due to TB and other slowly progressive infections. The biopsy is the answer. ...Read more

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Feel fine, losing weight, have a cough, a little lump in neck moveable and soft, blood work is fine. Lymphoma?

Feel fine, losing weight, have a cough, a little lump in neck moveable and soft, blood work is fine. Lymphoma?

Bet it's not: Little, moveable and soft isn't lymphoma. Every one of your buddies has at least one lymph node palpable just like you do. If you feel fine, be thankful for good health. Weight fluctuates at your age as your habits evolve -- this would be a great time to re-commit yourself to what will holpefully be lifelong fitness and sensible eating. ...Read more