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My son has a lump on his neck wot could it be the doctors said it nout could it be cancer as someone I know had one and it turned out to be cancer.?

My son has a lump on his neck wot could it be the doctors said it nout could it be cancer as someone I know had one and it turned out to be cancer.?

Lymph node: Thousands of lymph node located in the body help remove germs in the serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck & head. At rest these are often 1/4 " in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. It can catch cancer cells or develop it, but rarely. Kids age & lump behavior determine risk. ...Read more

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My son has a lump on his head\neck what could it be?

My son has a lump on his head\neck what could it be?

Not enough info: "Lump" could be ingrown hair, tissue growth, infection, result of trauma, infection, etc, etc, etc. Call your pediatrician for an examination. If medical he will fix it. If dental, he will refer you on to your dentist. ...Read more

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My son has a pea size lump on his neck.

My son has a pea size lump on his neck.

Lymph nodes: Are much easier to feel on children than adults. If it is not tender, is mobile and doesn't get any larger than don't worry. If he recently had some type of infection of the scalp, ear, noes or throat then really don't worry. Normal response. ...Read more

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My son has a lump on the right side of his neck. What should I do?

My son has a lump on the right side of his neck. What should I do?

Lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head, behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks ...Read more

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My son has just shown us 2 lumps on the side of his neck which are painful to the touch. What level of concern should I have?

My son has just shown us 2 lumps on the side of his neck which are painful to the touch. What level of concern should I have?

Depends: It is not unusual for kids to get some swelling in the lymph nodes in the side of the neck during a cold. We call this "reactive adenopathy" The tenderness concerns me however. Look for overlying redness, increasing side of node and fever as a sign of additional bacterial infection of the node. ...Read more

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My 20 year old son has recently developed a lump on the side of his neck with is kind of squishy and slightly painful not red, he also on antidepresan?

My 20 year old son has recently developed a lump on the side of his neck with is kind of squishy and slightly painful not red, he also on antidepresan?

Lymph Node: This is probably a lymph node within the cervical chain in the neck. These commonly pop up to fight colds and upper respiratory infections. I believe this is unrelated to the fact he is on antidepressants. Depending on the size of this thing, and whether there are other nodes associated, he should have an exam to evaluate for other nodes within the body, also liver and spleen exam. ...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 peas 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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2 yr old son with a lump at back of left side neck, size about 1 by 2 cm. Obvious when head turns to right. Gets bigger when sick. Possible diagnose?

2 yr old son with a lump at back of left side neck, size about 1 by 2 cm. Obvious when head turns to right. Gets bigger when sick. Possible diagnose?

Sounds like: A lymph gland....KIDS sometimes have very prominent lymph glands in their necks, especially if they have had frequent sore throats/ tonsillitis!
HOWEVER, get it checked out at your child's next wellness visit!
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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Mjy 5 year old son has a pea sized lump on his vein in neck for last 3 years. What could it be and could it get worse?

Mjy 5 year old son has a pea sized lump on his vein in neck for last 3 years. What could it be and could it get worse?

A lymph node: Lymph nodes are part of the immune system. Everyone has them. Generally, if they don't grow, are not red/hot/painful, and your child is well, all you need to do is point it out to your pediatrician at a routine visit. If it is painful/red/hot/growing, then get it checked out. ...Read more

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My 9 year old son has lumps behind his head and neck, his full blood count came back normal. So what could be causing his lumps.

My 9 year old son has lumps behind his head and neck, his full blood count came back normal. So what could be causing his lumps.

Normal: As long as he's not having other symptoms such as weight loss, night sweats or fevers, I would give it a bit more. Tell yourself if not smaller by Labor day you'll have it checked out further. Causes can be viral (like mono), ANY scalp irritation such as bug bites, sores, dandruff, infected hair follicles... ...Read more

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A month ago my son came home with a bruise on his neck which looked like a bite, within a few days it developed into a small lump. Is it a lymph node?

A month ago my son came home with a bruise on his neck which looked like a bite, within a few days it developed into a small lump. Is it a lymph node?

Possible: Usually post bite, if the body continues to react, sometimes it forms a small swelling called a granuloma. Lymph nodes are a response away from the bite site. If it's getting bigger, do have it seen. Secondary infection is of concern, especially iof it is tender. ...Read more

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My 17 year old son has a pea size lump on the back of his neck under the skin it doesn't move it's just below hairline left side. What could this be?

My 17 year old son has a pea size
 lump on the back of his neck under the skin it doesn't move it's just below hairline left side. What could this be?

Possible cyst: Some individuals have a prominent point at the base of the skull bone in the midline in the back, and could feel like a nodule. Other likely diagnosis would be a sebaceous cyst, which arises from a hair follicle. They are benign and do not need to be removed unless iinfected, or painful, or continue to enlarge, in which case an excision is important to identify the true nature of the nodule ...Read more

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8 week old son has two lumps on back of head/upper neck. About same distance apart and peasized. Cradle cap, eczema, no other symptoms. Thoughts?

8 week old son has two lumps on back of head/upper neck. About same distance apart and peasized. Cradle cap, eczema, no other symptoms. Thoughts?

Newborns: Your child is due for a 2 month well-baby check. Please see your family physician or pediatrician to discuss any of your concerns. ...Read more

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I have lump on the right side of my neck, also get temperature, dizziness and son times drenched night sweats and feel very weak. I was diagnosed cance?

I have lump on the right side of my neck, also get temperature, dizziness and son times drenched night sweats and feel very weak. I was diagnosed cance?

See a: Specialist right away. You could have a serious infection. You will need to have urgent testing to determine the source of your symptoms and prompt treatment. ...Read more

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Good day, my 1year old son has 2 tiny lumps in the middle of his neck underneath both ears. Is this normal in infants that is teething?

Good day, my 1year old son has 2 tiny lumps in the middle of his neck underneath both ears. Is this normal in infants that is teething?

No: Lumps under both ears are not associated with teething. Please see your Pediatrician for evaluation. Also all children should see Dentist at eruption 1st tooth but not later that 1st b'day. Recommend Pediatric Dentist (Pedodontist) rather than General Dentist for all the same reasons you see Pediatric Physician (Pediatrician) rather than General Physician. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son has complained of his neck hurting 4 awhile. We found a lump on the upper left side of his neck below his ear. It's painful to touch?

My 5 year old son has complained of his neck hurting 4 awhile. We found a lump on the upper left side of his neck below his ear. It's painful to touch?

Swollen lymph node: Your child has a swollen lymph node probably as a result of an upper respiratory infection. However, make an appointment with your childs doctor to evaluate thenode because there are other causes for swollen lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Son had neck lump last month which doc suspected is thyroglossal cyst. Was treated for strep and lump shrank. Now has cough and again swollen. Why?

Son had neck lump last month which doc suspected is thyroglossal cyst.  Was treated for strep and lump shrank.  Now has cough and again swollen.  Why?

Lump: Neck lump that partially responds to antibiotics needs to be further investigated. Neck ultrasound would be the first step. Consult with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Son has pea sized, non painful, hard lump on the back of neck. Doctor said lymphnode. However, 9 weeks later it is still present. Moves under finger.?

Son has pea sized, non painful, hard lump on the back of neck. Doctor said lymphnode. However, 9 weeks later it is still present. Moves under finger.?

Lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum. There are many in the neck, head & behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter (pea sized) and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. What you describe is normal.If concerned review this with the kids doc. ...Read more

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My son has calcified lymph nodes in his neck and now has 2 lumps above his collar bone he hasn't been unwell and weighs 15.1kg at 5yrs he also has nf?

My son has calcified lymph nodes in his neck and now has 2 lumps above his collar bone he hasn't been unwell and weighs 15.1kg at 5yrs he also has nf?

See doctor: New lumps are concerning and should be evaluated by a doctor. There are several possible causes, including inflammation, infection, and cancer. Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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My son has a round lump slightly larger than a pea in his neck below his ear. Is this normal or should I take him to the doctor?

Might be an: Enlarged subauricular lymph node or maybe even a small cyst. Watch it — if it doesn't start resolving within several weeks — discuss with his pediatrician. ...Read more

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My son, 19, has a lump on the side/back of his neck and one behind his ear. They are sore to touch. No other symptoms. Does he need to be seen?

My son, 19, has a lump on the side/back of his neck and one behind his ear. They are sore to touch. No other symptoms. Does he need to be seen?

Probably lymph node: There are several lymph glands located within the structures of the neck & will vary in size from the size of a pea to much larger if stimulated. When stimulated they can enlarge quickly and feel tender to touch or compression. A visit with your dr during regular hours should separate the simple transient issues from those needing further tests. ...Read more

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22mth son has a large solid fixed lump on right side of neck below his ear. Looks like half a golf ball when he turns his head. Doesn't seem poorly?

22mth son has a large solid fixed lump on right side of neck below his ear. Looks like half a golf ball when he turns his head. Doesn't seem poorly?

Neck swelling: This could be a cyst, a lymph node or another structure. It is large enough, that it requires evaluation by a physician. Sometimes an Ultrasound may help sort it out. All the best. ...Read more

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5yr old son says he has sore neck, there is a lump maybe 2 inches slightly diagonally from bottom of his ear, I think sternocleidomastoid is also sore?

5yr old son says he has sore neck, there is a lump maybe 2 inches slightly diagonally from bottom of his ear, I think sternocleidomastoid is also sore?

Reactive adenitis: Could be a non-specific viral illness that triggered local lymph node and parotid gland swelling. Just requires observation for now. Would see pediatrician if becomes red, increased swelling, high fever. If he is immunized there's little concern for mumps. ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph nodes in an 8 yr old my 8 year old son has had what his doctor described to me as a scarred lymph node on the right side of his neck since about the age of 2. Up until a few weeks ago it was the same. I noticed the lump looked much larger, s

Enlarged lymph nodes in an 8 yr old my 8 year old son has had what his doctor described to me as a scarred lymph node on the right side of his neck since about the age of 2. Up until a few weeks ago it was the same. I noticed the lump looked much larger, s

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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My sons wbc is 19.7 platelet count 578 has a few small lumps on his neck.his chest xray was clear he is awaiting a stomach scan what could be wrong?

My sons wbc is 19.7 platelet count 578 has a few small lumps on his neck.his chest xray was clear he is awaiting a stomach scan what could be wrong?

Elevated W B C: I need more informations, how old is your son, what was his symptoms, any fever, sore throat or cough, why is he going for stomach scan? What is the differincial on the CBC? 19.7 WBC is high count & it usually means there is an infection or an inflammatory process going on. So please give us detailed informations to be able to help you. Good luck. ...Read more

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My sons 3 his wbc is 19.7 platelet count 578 has a few small lumps on his neck.his chest xray was clear he is awaiting a stomach scan what could be wrong?

My sons 3 his wbc is 19.7 platelet count 578 has a few small lumps on his neck.his chest xray was clear he is awaiting a stomach scan what could be wrong?

Mgt: More information would be helpful, if the nodes are small and move easily they are most likely reactive nodes. They can swell in reaction to infection or inflammation for example.
Has he had an ESR, TB and monospot test? ...Read more

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My 17 year son has o lump in throat chest dosent hurt just uncortable he says?

My 17 year son has o lump in throat chest dosent hurt just uncortable he says?

See your doctor: You sould see your doctor. This lump needs to be palpated by your doctor and he/she needs to be able to put the rest of your symptoms in perspective. ...Read more