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My lymph node on the right side of my neck swells when I eat.

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My lymph node on the right side of my neck swells when I eat. After I have eaten, the swelling almost completely dissappears. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Y. replied 3 years ago.
How do you know this is a lymph node that is swelling?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I guess I really don't. It is under my right jaw line where my neck meets my jaw line. It is the same way on the left side , not swollen, same description.
Expert:  Dr. Y. replied 3 years ago.
It is highly unlikely that this is a lymph node if this only occurs during eating. It's possible that you may have an out touching of your esophagus call the diverticulum. Without being able to exam you, I can't determine what this is. I would recommend seeing your primary doctor for an examination and if they feel like this is a problem with your esophagus, then they may need to refer you to a gastroenterologist for a swallowing study for an evaluation of your esophagus. Hope this helps and please let me know if you have questions.
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Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 3 years ago.
Hello
I disagree
This is most likely a salivary gland
Many people confuse them with nodes
they normally swell during eating then shrink again
one can be extra large due to stone or infection
The location is a sub-mandibular gland
you don't need a gI doc, just your GP or an ENT doc if there is a stone to remove
good luck

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Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 3 years ago.
I agree with Dr. Thomas. Your esophagus begins in the lower part of the neck and a diverticulum of the esophagus is usually located in the posterior wall and does not cause any swelling in the anterior neck and certainly not in the jaw region.

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