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Neck pain and small painful lump above collar bone. Is this just swollen glands?

Apr 2013
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I have neck pain and noticed a small painful lump just above collar bone area of neck..pain is running up from lump. I thought it was maybe a neck strain but also feel very tired. Is this just swollen glands from a cold onset?? whole area is very sore..
Posted Fri, 29 Nov 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Hi and welcome to XXXXXXX Detailed Answer: This is typical location of swollen lymph nodes due to respiratory infection or any other kind of infection. Sometime it is some other benign subcutaneous lesion such as cyst,fibroma,ateroma or lipoma. Less common it can be dislocated part of thyroid gland and this would explain your tiredness. Rarely,this can indicate some more serious malignant diseases ,but this is the last thing to think of. So, in every case,you dont have to be concerned.You can wait for 1-2weeks and see what happens.If pain and lump subside then this was obviously swollen lymph node.If this persist you should do ultrasound and needle biopsy. After this,you ll know exact diagnosis. If there is rapid grow of this lump and persistant tiredness with night sweating,you should consult hematologist to rule out some serious blood diseases. Wish you good health. Feel free to ask. regards
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