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Neck swelling

Neck swelling: Introduction

Neck swelling: Swelling in or around the neck. See detailed information below for a list of 149 causes of Neck swelling, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Neck swelling:

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

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Common Causes of Neck swelling

Causes of Types of Neck swelling:

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Neck swelling: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Neck swelling, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Neck swelling Treatments

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Stories from Users for Neck swelling

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Message Boards for Neck swelling

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Diagnostic tests for Neck swelling:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Neck swelling. 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 swelling to determine if neck swelling 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 swellings 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
    • Determine if neck swelling is midline or lateral (to the side) to the midline. Midline swellings are thyroglossal cysts, adenoma of the thyroid, Reidel's struma and thyroid cyst. Lateral swellings include a pharyngeal pouch, bronchial cyst, pulsion diverticulum, stone of Wharton's duct, Virchow's node, cervical rib, metastatic lymph nodes or Hodgkin's lymphoma, metastatic cancer, cystic hygroma, carotid body tumor and some thyroid masses
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Neck swelling: Comorbid Symptoms

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Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Neck swelling

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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 swelling. 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 swelling: Deaths

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Neck swelling: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Organs affected by Neck swelling:

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

Detailed list of causes of Neck swelling

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How Common are these Causes of Neck swelling?

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 swelling. Of the 149 causes of Neck swelling that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 3 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 4 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 14 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 139 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Neck swelling:

The following list of conditions have 'Neck swelling' 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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  • Quinsy ... swollen neck lymph glands






Conditions listing medical complications: Neck swelling:

The following list of medical conditions have Neck swelling or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. 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 swelling Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Neck swelling 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 swelling?

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

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

    Classifications of Neck swelling:

    Subtypes of Neck swelling:

    Swollen neck lymph nodes (66 causes), Goiter (77 causes), Goitre (49 causes), Enlarged thyroid gland (12 causes), Cervical lymphadenopathy (54 causes), Swollen thyroid gland (14 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Neck swelling:

    Swelling symptoms (3730 causes), Neck symptoms (833 causes)

    Symptoms related to Neck swelling:

    Neck lump, swollen lymph nodes, Thyroid symptoms (172 causes), Larynx symptoms (231 causes), Common cold (712 causes), Upper respiratory infection (3 causes), Mononucleosis, Sore throat (512 causes), Strep throat (2 causes), Viral infection, Bacterial infection, Sinus infection (24 causes), Ear infection (83 causes), Skin infection (133 causes), Dental conditions

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