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Neck lump

Neck lump: Introduction

A true isolated "lump" on the neck or in neck tissue needs to be distinguished from neck swelling and swollen neck lymph nodes. This section refers to external lumps on the neck rather than a swollen throat or sore throat....more »

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Causes of Neck lump:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Neck lump. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Neck lump:

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Neck lump Treatments

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Stories from Users for Neck lump

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Message Boards for Neck lump

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Diagnostic tests for Neck lump:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Neck lump. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Pulse rate. If elevated must consider Grave's disease, subacute thyroiditis or early Hashimoto's thyroiditis
    • Look for signs of hyperthyroidism including agitation, restlessness, enlarged thyroid (goiter), warm and sweaty palms, fine tremor, protruding eyes. May suggest Grave's disease, subacute thyroiditis or early Hashimoto's thyroiditis
    • Examine for signs of hypothyroidism - e.g. slow heart rate, slowed reflexes, coarse dry brittle hair, dry cool skin, goiter.
    • Watch neck lump when swallowing. If the lump moves with swallowing this would suggest thyroid lump or thyroglossal cyst
    • Feel neck lump to determine if neck lump is localized or diffuse (generalized neck swelling). Localised neck masses or swellings may be thyroglossal cysts, branchial cleft cyst, aneurysm, an enlarged lymph node due to Hodgkin's disease, metastatic cancer, sarcoidosis, a cystic hygroma, carotid body tumor, Reidel's struma, thyroid benign tumors or malignant thyroid cancer. Diffuse masses would be Graves disease, subacute thyroiditis, superior vena cava syndrome, non-toxic goiter, venous distention of congestive heart failure or superior vena cava syndrome and subcutaneous emphysema
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Neck lump: Animations

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Neck lump

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Neck lump. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Neck lump: Deaths

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Neck lump: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Causes of Neck lump listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Neck lump as a symptom include:

Organs affected by Neck lump:

The list of organs typically affected by Neck lump may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Neck lump

The list below shows some of the causes of Neck lump mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Neck lump?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Neck lump. Of the 87 causes of Neck lump that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 1 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 4 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 6 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 83 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Neck lump:

The following list of conditions have 'Neck lump' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Neck lump Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Neck lump based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Neck lump?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Neck lump, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Neck lump:

    Mass, neck
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Neck lump:

    Subtypes of Neck lump:

    Buffalo Hump (11 causes), Cervical lymphadenopathy (54 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Neck lump:

    Neck symptoms (833 causes), Lump (342 causes), Swelling symptoms (3730 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes)

    Symptoms related to Neck lump:

    Neck swelling (149 causes), Neck pain (148 causes), Stiff neck (136 causes), Throat symptoms (3410 causes), Sore throat (512 causes), Boil, Sebaceous cyst, Lipoma, Swollen neck lymph nodes (66 causes), Enlarged thyroid, Goiter (77 causes), Thyroid disorder, Thyroid nodule, Thyroid cancer, Submandibular duct stone

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