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Feeling pain and swelling in neck artery. Blood clot or aneurysm?

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I'm a little concerned about my carotid artery. I thought it was a swollen lymph gland as I wasn't feeling great a week or so ago. But I'm worried because it feels swollen right on top of my artery and radiates up to my ear. That whole side of my neck is a bit tender, but especially sore in a couple spots. I just started worrying that it could be a blood clot or aneurism.
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Wed, 6 Feb 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 2 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
The pain restricted only to the carotid artery with pain and intermittent palpable swellings could be related to an inflammation of the arterial wall like arteritis.
A direct examination and investigations like color doppler of the area will be helpful. Do consult a vascular surgeon for a detailed examination.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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