Neck Swelling

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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Emergency department

Sanshiro Kato

Sanshiro Kato, MD

Emergency department

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Neck swelling is a buildup of fluid in the tissues of the neck or inflammation in the neck.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Neck swelling

Possible causes

  • Acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

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

  • Subacute thyroiditis

    Inflammation of the thyroid gland, causing high levels of thyroid hormone in the body. Common causes include virus infections e.g. after a flu.

  • MALT lymphoma

    MALT lymphoma a form of lymphoma (cancer of lymph system) from any mucosal site frequently the stomach. It arises from the immune cells of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT). MALT is lymphoid tissue aggregates found in mucosal membrane like gastrointestinal tract, nose, throat, thyroid, breast, lung, salivary glands, eye, and skin.

  • Lung cancer
  • Medullary thyroid cancer
  • Malignant lymphoma

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have swelling on the front of your neck?

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References

  • Roland N, Bradley PJ. Neck swellings. BMJ. 2014 Jan 23;348:g1078. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g1078. PMID: 24458704.

    https://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g1078

Medically Reviewed By:

Maxwell J. Nanes

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Emergency department

Sanshiro Kato

Sanshiro Kato, MD

Emergency department

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