Lump in the Neck

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

A lump or lumps on the neck may be hard or soft, small or large. Neck lumps may be due to many things including the thyroid gland, lymph nodes, skin lumps, and, fatty deposits.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Neck lump

Possible causes

  • Suppurative lymphadenitis

  • Acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

    Infection of the tonsils and pharynx (back of the mouth), either by viruses or bacteria.

  • Thyroid tumor

    A tumor of the thyroid gland. The majority are non-cancerous, but some have a chance to turn cancerous.

  • Retropharyngeal abscess
  • Medullary thyroid cancer

Related serious diseases

  • Cervical lymphadenitis

    This refers to swelling of the lymph nodes of the neck, caused by inflammation. This is often due to a viral or bacterial infection and is common among children.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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  • Do you have a lump on your neck?

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