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Lump under skin in neck, night sweats, unable to bend. What is the cause?

Hi I have a small painless lump under the skin on the right side of my neck just a little above my collar bone. It appeared 2 or 3 days back. I do have acne on my face but i am also experiencing night sweats from the past 5 or 6 days. Also, the lump becomes prominent when i tilt my neck towards the left. Today when i noticed a second lump appeared but this one is smaller in size. What is the possible cause of this?
Asked On : Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query,

A mild swelling on the side of the neck could be due to a thyroid swelling, or a soft tissue swelling due to an inflammation or lipoma or just a normal physiological variation.

If there is no pain, change in color of overlying skin, hardness or change in the size of the swelling then there is nothing to worry. You can just ignore the swelling for now.

In case the swelling increases in size or there is pain or local lymph node swelling then an examination and investigations like FNAC is necessary for proper diagnosis.

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Dr Saurabh Gupta
Answered: Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist Dr. Anju Choudhary's  Response
hi there, the lump you are describing seems to be an enlarged lymph node. It could be due to any infection in the face and neck region or it could also be due to plenty of other reasons which I do not want to alarm you with. You should get a complete blood picture and a fine needle aspiration cytology of the lymph node done which will be able to direct your doctor to the probable cause of the lymph node enlargement and he will be able to treat you accordingly. Don't be alarmed but do get investigated. Take care.
Answered: Tue, 12 Mar 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. Grzegorz Stanko's  Response

Thank you for the query.

This lump is most likely enlarged lymph node. It can appear due to regional infection or a cancer. I suggest you to check if there is no infection in this area (throat infection, ear infection, tooth problem). If no infection will be found, the best way is to remove this lymph node and send it for histopatologic tests.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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