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Pocket of fluid on neck line, appeared after massage, swollen. Does not pain but stiff. Advise?

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I have a pocket of fluid on my right front side of my neck in line with my throat in the V from neck to shoulder - it first appeared after a back/neck massage and then subsided after a few days but not back to normal - I stretched my neck this am and it has swollen up again - please can you advise me here as to why this happens and should I be concerned - it is not painful but my neck is stiff - plse can you help me
Posted Tue, 22 May 2012 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 2 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
The swelling in the front of the neck extending upto your shoulder that appeared after a session of massage could be due to an abscess ( a collection of pus) or a soft tissue swelling due to local injury.
A direct examination is needed to find out the exact cause.
I encourage you to consult your physician for proper clinical examination and relevant investigations. Treatment will depend on the cause.
Meanwhile you can do a hot fomentation in the area to relieve the neck stiffness.
Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.
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