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Collagen knot on the neck - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   A little over a month ago I noticed a hard knot on the left side of my neck about 1-2 inches above my collar bone. What could it be?
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
Doctor :   i am Dr XXXXX here
User :   XXXXXX
Doctor :   may i know you age and gender please?
User :   30 f
Doctor :   have you noticed any associated symptoms ?
Doctor :   like fever night seats
Doctor :   sweats
User :   no
User :   i have had a ct scan, ultrasound, blood work and x-rays that all came back normal
Doctor :   ok is the knot painful ?
User :   no it's not painful
Doctor :   ok
User :   it's really hard, kinda feels like a bone
Doctor :   have you tried taking any medications ?
User :   but it's only been there for a month
User :   no
User :   my doc said that he was stumped and that he wants to watch it for 3 months
Doctor :   usually a hard lump is monitored for growth
User :   oh
Doctor :   have you lost or gain weight recently ?
User :   no
User :   well 5 pounds at the most...gained
Doctor :   well from the symptoms you have told me .. its a benign growth that should not be of much worry and all your tests are also normal
Doctor :   so usually such growth just subsides with time
User :   so it will go away on its own?
Doctor :   if its going rapidly in size or any change in color or if painful then its more matter of a concern
User :   it has grown a little but not a lot
Doctor :   its right now wait and watch .. you can apply some hot compress to it in the night before going to sleep
User :   k thanks
Doctor :   your symptoms don't suggest anything serious
Doctor :   your most welcome
User :   if it does get bigger what type of specialist should i see?
Doctor :   please do see a dermatologist
User :   it's not on the skin its under it
Doctor :   yes he is the right person for such cases ..
User :   k
Doctor :   even if its under the skin
User :   i thought they only did acne and stuff like that
Doctor :   as it can be just some collagen formation which is harmless
User :   oh
Doctor :   wait and see if it grows or gets painful or you notice any color change ...then you can go to the dermatologist
User :   k thanks again
Doctor :   no problem
Doctor :   you take care
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