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My 12 yr old has a dime size "lump" under her chin in the soft area before where her throat starts. She sd its tender. Im scared, what could it be?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Lymph node or cyst

Chances are it's a small lymph node or harmless fluid filled sac called a cyst.
Unless your 12yr old is also having fevers, it's getting to be very painful or it came on very fast, it's okay not to panic and have them see their doctor in 1-2 weeks. It might even be gone by then!

In brief: Lymph node or cyst

Chances are it's a small lymph node or harmless fluid filled sac called a cyst.
Unless your 12yr old is also having fevers, it's getting to be very painful or it came on very fast, it's okay not to panic and have them see their doctor in 1-2 weeks. It might even be gone by then!
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Sweetcierra, there definitely are lymph nodes under the chin called "submental" nodes. These can be enlarged due to viral, bacterial illnesses. Sometimes even dental problems (cavities/infections) can cause them to get big. Chances are, it's an enlarged submental node and will go down on its own, but for piece of mind, you should get it checked out. It doesn't sound urgent though.
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
No problem! And thank you for the recommendation!
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
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In brief: Several things

If in midline could be a cyst that is present from birth and has changed recently.
This is called a thyroglossa duct cyst.It could be a swoolen gland from trauma or infection.It could be a nodule on the thyroid gland. See your doctor.

In brief: Several things

If in midline could be a cyst that is present from birth and has changed recently.
This is called a thyroglossa duct cyst.It could be a swoolen gland from trauma or infection.It could be a nodule on the thyroid gland. See your doctor.
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