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Lump in left side of throat, ear pain and problem in swallowing - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i have a lump on the left side of my throat it has been there for four months. i have had left ear pain and problems with swallowing my food. i have no insurance is the er the best place for me to start. and what could it be
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read
Doctor :   the swelling started following any infection of the throat ?
User :   no i havent had a cold or anything like that. from time to time i do have some horseness
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   it is cervical lymphadenitis
Doctor :   the treatment is excisional biopsy
User :   what is that
Doctor :   the swelling needs to be surgically removed and than sent or the biopsy
User :   what options do i have without insurance
Doctor :   specimen to histopathological examination
Doctor :   before surgery a FNAC test can be done
Doctor :   if it is inconclusive or say it is a lymphadenitis than you need to under go surgery
Doctor :   you need no approach ER
Doctor :   a general surgeon is what you need to visit
User :   past medical hx is uterine cancer, gallbladder removed, thyroid nodule
Doctor :   thyroid nodule what was done for that ?
User :   i really dont know the name of what i had to drink. but it was radiation i think
Doctor :   ok
User :   it work the nodule went away
Doctor :   is the present swelling in the same thyroid region ?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   as you and ear ache and hoarseness of voice followed by the swelling in the neck
User :   yes
Doctor :   first step is to get an FNAC done
Doctor :   for that you need to get a request to pathologist by general surgeon
Doctor :   than based on the report further step is decided as i explained it you previously
User :   thank you so much for your help
Doctor :   thanks for consulting health care magic
Doctor :   bye for now
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