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I have a small hard lump in my neck its been there for 3 months, what could this be?

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Dr. Mark Newman
Anesthesiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Neck lump

Any prolonged, suspicious lump should be examined by your physician.
The list of potential differential diagnosis is quite extensive and best handled by an experienced provider.

In brief: Neck lump

Any prolonged, suspicious lump should be examined by your physician.
The list of potential differential diagnosis is quite extensive and best handled by an experienced provider.
Dr. Mark Newman
Dr. Mark Newman
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Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Many things

Lumps in the neck may be cysts, enlarged salivary glands, enlarged lymph nodes or other tissue masses.
The lump can be evaluated by ultrasound to see if it is solid or cystic. Lumps that do not resolve in a short period of time can be aspirated by fine needle aspiration very easily and any cells can be examined under the microscope to determine what is causing the lump.

In brief: Many things

Lumps in the neck may be cysts, enlarged salivary glands, enlarged lymph nodes or other tissue masses.
The lump can be evaluated by ultrasound to see if it is solid or cystic. Lumps that do not resolve in a short period of time can be aspirated by fine needle aspiration very easily and any cells can be examined under the microscope to determine what is causing the lump.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: Lump

It depends where the lump is in the neck and your age.
If a child a midline neck mass can be a thyroglossal duct cyst. If off to the side it can be a skin cyst or lymph node. In adults, thyroglossal duct cysts are rarer both skin cysts and lymph nodes do occurr.

In brief: Lump

It depends where the lump is in the neck and your age.
If a child a midline neck mass can be a thyroglossal duct cyst. If off to the side it can be a skin cyst or lymph node. In adults, thyroglossal duct cysts are rarer both skin cysts and lymph nodes do occurr.
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