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My 13 year old son has two small bumps on the back of his neck

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My 13 year old son has two small bumps on the back of his neck that hurt only to the pushing touch. They are between his tight trap and neck. can you help?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrOAB replied 8 years ago.
Dear Madam or Sir:


If I understand your location description correctly, the two tender bumps are between his right trapezius muscle and the right side of his neck. Since it appears that his physician ruled out bacterial infection, venomous bugbites, trauma, lymphoma, and other serious causes, these bumps (especially if they are rubbery and somewhat mobile rather than fixed in place) are most likely reactive lymph nodes--that is, filtering glands in the body's immune system that swell in reaction to infection (considering their location, likely a "cold" or other viral infection). If you note fever, skin changes (redness, swelling, bleeding, clear or pus discharge, pain or marked tenderness), growth to more than 2cm (about an inch) diameter, or persistence beyond 2-4 weeks, please have his physician reevaluate the bumps.
Expert:  DrOAB replied 8 years ago.



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