A neck lump is any lump, bump, or swelling in the neck.
Lump in the neck
There are many causes of lumps in the neck. The most common lumps or swellings are
Swollen salivary glands under the jaw may be caused by infection or cancer. Lumps in the muscles of the neck are caused by injury or
The thyroid gland may also produce swelling, or one or more lumps. This can be due to thyroid disease or cancer. Most cancers of the thyroid gland are extremely grow very slowly. They are often cured with surgery, even if they have been present for several years.
All neck lumps in children and adults should be checked right away by a doctor. In children, most neck lumps are caused by infections that can be treated. Treatment should start quickly to prevent complications or the spread of infection.
As adults age, the likelihood of the lump being a cancer increases. This is particularly true for people who smoke or drink a lot of alcohol. Most lumps in adults are not cancers.
SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES IN THE NECK
- Atypical mycobacterium (a type of bacteria)
pharyngitis Cat scratch disease Peritonsillar abscess Strep throat
Hodgkin disease Leukemia Mouth cancer Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Other cancer
Cancer of the thyroid Goiter Graves disease
- Herpes infections
HIV disease Infectious mononucleosis Rubella(German measles) Viral pharyngitis
Allergic reactions Allergic reaction to a drug (medication) Food allergies
SALIVARY GLAND ENLARGEMENT
- Salivary gland
- Stone in salivary duct
See your health care provider to have the cause of the neck lump treated.
Call your health care provider if
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have an abnormal neck swelling, or lumps in your neck.
What to expect at your health care provider’s office
The health care provider will take your medical history and do a physical examination.
Medical history questions may include:
- Where is the lump located?
- Is it a hard lump?
- Is it a soft, pliable (moves slightly), bag-like (cystic) mass?
- Is it a painless bag-like (cystic) mass?
- Is the entire neck swollen?
- Has it been growing bigger? Over how many months?
- What other symptoms do you have?
- Do you have a
- Do you have
If you are diagnosed with a thyroid goiter, you may need medication or surgery to remove it. If the health care provider suspects a thyroid
CT scan of the heador neck
If the lump is caused by a bacterial infection, you may need to take antibiotics. If the cause is a noncancerous mass or cyst, you may need surgery to remove it.