We have 70-80 lymph nodes in each side of the neck. They help fight infection and remove impurities--infection and inflammation
are the main cause of swelling in the nodes (ear
and throat infections, skin infections, sinusitis
, etc.) soft, squishy lumps that are easily moved around and the fact that a doctor called them fatty, makes me thin kthat he may have a lipoma
(benign, fatty tumor of fat cells). Nodes can fluctuate in size. If a neck mass
/lump does not start to get better after a couple of weeks, it should be evaluated.
The differential diagnosis
of neck lumps changes with age. Anyone over 40 years old, especially if smoking
and drinking, absolutely needs to be seen.