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What causes lump on right side of neck?

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Posted on Mon, 14 Sep 2015
Question: I am 29 and I have a what feels like a fatty lump on right side of my neck at the base near the collar bone and on my neck closer to my jaw bone on the same side feels the same way and can see that it is bigger than the left side of my neck I have what looks like a XXXXXXX hump but I have had this all my life I am also having mild shoulder pain on both sides and weakness in my arms if I try to lift something I have had an X-ray and CT and blood work everything comes back normal I am overweight what could this be?
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
MRI of the neck spine and for softt tissues.

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for your query and an elucidate history.

To recapitulate: Male/29 - have a feeling of lump on the right side of the neck as you explained since you remember (all your life as you have explained) - fatty lump on right of the neck - as the base near collar bone and closure to jaw bone - can be seen as the right side is bigger than the left side - also have bilateral shoulder pain and weakness in arms - Blood, X-ray and CT scan came back normal.

I would advise you in such a situation the following:
- Examination by a General Surgeon to asses the lump clinically to come to a conclusion whether this is due to the fat, enlarged (hypertrophied) muscle or so. And to advise further investigations.
- MRI of the cervical spine and the soft tissue will give a proper diagnosis about the nature of the lump so that further treatment can be planned which may be surgery if this is a lipoma.
- Overweight definitely adds to the the already existing.

I hope this answer helps you, Please feel free to ask further relevant queries if you need to or if you feel that there is a gap of communication.
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What causes lump on right side of neck?

Brief Answer: MRI of the neck spine and for softt tissues. Detailed Answer: Hi. Thanks for your query and an elucidate history. To recapitulate: Male/29 - have a feeling of lump on the right side of the neck as you explained since you remember (all your life as you have explained) - fatty lump on right of the neck - as the base near collar bone and closure to jaw bone - can be seen as the right side is bigger than the left side - also have bilateral shoulder pain and weakness in arms - Blood, X-ray and CT scan came back normal. I would advise you in such a situation the following: - Examination by a General Surgeon to asses the lump clinically to come to a conclusion whether this is due to the fat, enlarged (hypertrophied) muscle or so. And to advise further investigations. - MRI of the cervical spine and the soft tissue will give a proper diagnosis about the nature of the lump so that further treatment can be planned which may be surgery if this is a lipoma. - Overweight definitely adds to the the already existing. I hope this answer helps you, Please feel free to ask further relevant queries if you need to or if you feel that there is a gap of communication.