A Lump in the Neck
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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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About the Symptom

An infection, an injury, tumors, or a recent medical procedure could all cause neck swelling.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Swelling around the neck

Possible causes

Generally, A lump in the neck can be related to:

  • Suppurative lymphadenitis

    Lymphadenitis suppurativa is the inflammation and suppuration (pus formation) of lymph nodes in the body.

  • Necrotizing lymphadenitis (Kikuchi disease)

    This rare disease usually affects young people and is characterized by swollen neck lymph nodes and fever. The exact cause remains unknown, but it may be due to infection or the body's immune system reacting.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer of lymphocytes, which are infection-fighting cells. The lymphocytes become abnormal, grow uncontrollably, and spread to different parts of the body. The exact cause is unknown. Risk factors include age, family history, exposure to certain chemicals, drugs, radiation, and immune system issues.

  • Acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis
  • Common cold (upper respiratory tract infection)
  • Coronavirus infection

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, A lump in the neck may be related to these serious diseases:

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  • Is your neck swollen?

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Reviewed By:

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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