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Signs that lumps in your neck are lymphoma? My boyfriend has some small lumps in his neck but the doctor said they were fatty tissue. Recently he discovered another lump by his lymph node. It's squishy and he can move it around. He doesn't think it's gott

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Dr. Michael Wolfe
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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For a full evaluation of lumps in the neck, definitely see a doctor. Small, soft lumps are usually not dangerous.
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.

In brief: For

For a full evaluation of lumps in the neck, definitely see a doctor. Small, soft lumps are usually not dangerous.
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.
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Dr. Agos Luca
Pathology

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Lumps in the neck area can be associated with numerous clinical conditions including infections, cysts, malformations, various types of cancer including lymphoma, etc.
Generally, signs and symptoms that may be associated with lymphoma include unexplained weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, loss of appetite. Consulting your doctor is recommended. Possibly a lymph node biopsy may be necessary.

In brief: Hard to say...

Lumps in the neck area can be associated with numerous clinical conditions including infections, cysts, malformations, various types of cancer including lymphoma, etc.
Generally, signs and symptoms that may be associated with lymphoma include unexplained weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, loss of appetite. Consulting your doctor is recommended. Possibly a lymph node biopsy may be necessary.
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