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What causes movable small lump on collar bone?

hi I am a 20 year old male. I eat healthy and am active and exercise daily. i recently noticed a small lump on my collarbone on the left side, close to the middle of my throat . it doesn t hurt unless i touch it and when i do touch it it moves. i think it might just be a swollen lymph node but i want to be sure. i started experiencing a bit of a soar throat the day before i noticed the lump. please let me know if there is a chance this could be serious. thanks
Asked On : Sat, 26 Mar 2011
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Dear Japalope,

Your description of the problem sounds like it could indeed be an inflamed lymph node. Although lymph nodes are not located on the collar bone, they are abundant in the neck region. The fact that it is painful to touch indicates that it is most likely due to an infection in the surrounding area. That being said, I want to make clear that this is in no way related to the sore throat (infection) that you are also suffering from. The reason I believe this is due to the fact that an infection of the throat region would most likely drain to the lymph nodes below the jaw bone and in the upper regions of the neck.

It is possible that this node is inflamed due to to a symptomless condition much lower than expected, probably in the chest or abdomen.

If this condition still persists today, I urge you to approach a general surgeon and ask him/her to take a look.

Hope this helps.
Answered: Thu, 14 Jul 2011
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