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My 24 year old son found a movable lump in his neck a month

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My 24 year old son found a movable lump in his neck a month ago, had blood work and chest x ray, both normal. Having an ultrasound tomorrow, but in the meantime it has become bigger and harder. I am panicked. What does that mean?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DIEGO BONILLA replied 1 year ago.


This is Dr. Bonilla, experienced in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care.

I understand your concerns. A movable lump on the neck could be secondary to different conditions including, sarcoidosis, acute viral/bacterial infection, infectious lymphadenopathy, hodgkin lymphoma, non-hodking's lymphoma, autoimmune disease, drug reaction. At his age an infectious etiology causing lymphadenopathy is likely. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is on the front of the neck, not a lymph node
Expert:  DIEGO BONILLA replied 1 year ago.

The same apply for the anterior neck, besides what I mentioned a thymoma, parotitis, goiter, thyroiditis, thyro glossal duct cyst, cat-scratch disease and cervical rib can also cause this problem.