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Toddler Lump In Neck
Child has painful lump in neck, painful swallowing, coughing blood for 18 months. Chest xrays clear. Gerd + asthma meds not helping. What could it be?
Many possibilities.: 18 months is a long time for a child to be ill without a formal diagnosis. Sometimes blood with coughing is actually from the tonsils or sinus drainage, so look to the head as well as the chest and esophagus. After ENT exam, more thorough pulmonary studies like CT scan or bronchoscopy may be indicated, as well as GI endoscopy to assess esophageal inflammation like EE. ...Read more
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
See your physician.: It is always best to evaluate the cause of a problem before taking any medicine for symptoms. ...Read more
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