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Lump on the right side of neck, slightly raised. What to do ?

Hi, my daughter has a lump on the right side of her neck , it seems to me like it actually in the skin, it about the size of my thumb tip, slightly raise with a scar like feel to it (never had any injury there) its quite soft. Should I take we to our gp? Shes also very emotional which is unlike her. She s had it around 5months, maybe longer but we first noticed it around 5months ago. Thank you
Asked On : Thu, 6 Dec 2012
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Hello and welcome to HCM
Swelling on side of neck which is raised and soft can be due to multiple reasons.
The soft tissue of the neck which includes fibrous tissue, muscle, adipose tissue, blood vessels or even arising from the skin itself.
The diagnosis requires a clinical examination and fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). FNAC is an office procedure in which a needle is inserted into the swelling and the cells are aspirated and examined. If the material is sufficient then most probable diagnosis can be made. Depending on the findings an excision of the swelling can be done.

The cause of emotional lability requires some more history. You can post some more details regarding this problem.

You need to visit your doctor for examination and investigations.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Thu, 6 Dec 2012
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