Neck lumps, or any form of bumps or swelling in the neck area, are a common presentation for a wide variety of conditions. This could be due to an enlarged lymph node, swelling of the salivary glands, thyroid conditions, or cancer, among other causes.
Neck lumps can be broadly categorised into two groups according to their location – midline (running down the centre of the neck) and lateral (those along the sides of the neck).
Lumps in the midline are most commonly due to thyroid conditions or thyroglossal cysts while those in the lateral regions can be caused by conditions affecting the parotid and submandibular glands or lymph nodes.
When should I seek medical attention?
If the neck lump persists or continues to increase in size, you should consider consulting a doctor. A full ear, nose, throat examination is likely to be conducted along with appropriate diagnostic tests to identify the underlying cause.
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