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Doctor insights on: Pulsating Lump In Neck

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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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Noticed a pulsating lump in neck, feels like it is directly to the side of carotid artery. Aneurysm or not likely? Clean cervical MRI 6 months ago.

Noticed a pulsating lump in neck, feels like it is directly to the side of carotid artery. Aneurysm or not likely? Clean cervical MRI 6 months ago.

Extremely unlikely: This lump may be due to a curve in the artery or just being closer to the skin. It may not even be the artery! An ultrasound of the carotid arteries will tell the story and is safe and painless. ...Read more

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If I have had an ultrasound of my carotid artery and it's unremarkable, what could a pulsating lump in my neck be?

If I have had an ultrasound of my carotid artery and it's unremarkable, what could a pulsating lump in my neck be?

Also: Could also be a tortuous (curved) carotid. This may have not been reported out on the report if it otherwise looked like a normal variant. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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I have a lump in neck on top of coroided artery 2cm. Very soft very moveable. Shrinks and swells depending on day. Is it a cyst or lymph node?

I have a lump in neck on top of coroided artery 2cm. Very soft very moveable. Shrinks and swells depending on day. Is it a cyst or lymph node?

More info: Matt, for us to conclude something, need more background history and need to palpate to assess as to final conclusion. Please have your doctor look at it and then feel it after getting enough information. ...Read more

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Lump in neck for about a month. Had bronchitis about 3 weeks ago. Tried zpack&amoxicilin and lump still there about size of nickel. What could it be?

Lump in neck for about a month. Had bronchitis about 3 weeks ago. Tried zpack&amoxicilin and lump still there about size of nickel. What could it be?

Lymph node?: When did it appear? How big? Is it getting bigger, staying the same size, or slowly getting smaller? If it appeared when you were sick with the bronchitis, I would assume at this point that they are related. It can take 1-2 months for the lymph node to shrink after an infection. As long as no new lumps appear, you are feeling well otherwise, I think you could watch it. If not, go see doc. ...Read more