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Content updated on May 23, 2022


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

  • 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

    Medullary thyroid cancer is a type of cancer of the thyroid, an organ at the front of your neck responsible for producing hormones that control your heart rate and body temperature. The cause of medullary carcinoma is unknown but could be due to inherited gene mutations.

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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