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Question: a small lump in the side of neck

 nado300 - Sat Apr 14, 2007 3:36 pm

Dear receiver, i'd like to thank you in advance for your time. Cutting to the chase, i noticed a pea-sized lump in the left side of my neck(afew cms below my ear) a few weeks ago. I didn't pay any real attention, but a about 2 weeks ago i felt some pain around it.I went to see an MD and she had me do a blood test.The tests came pretty normal. she asked me to wait 2 weeks and then if the lump didnt go away, she would perform a biopsy(FNS)...I'm kind of worried, especially that the blood picture was normal, and i didnt feel anymore pain in it since the first time i did. Do i really need to do the biopsy? If the blood tests are normal , what could be the problem that might have caused this lump to appear?
N.B. The lump hadn't changed in size since i first noticed it.
Thanks again for ur time.

Nada(21 years of age)
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:01 am

User avatar What you are describing sounds like a typical lymph node that has become somewhat enlarged and tender due to fighting off an infection.

The location for such a node fits where you are describing feeling it.

Typically, these nodes begin to shrink and the pain goes away after a few days to several weeks. The node may or may not shrink back down to its original size but the tenderness should go away.

Before doing a fine needle biopsy I would recommend giving it several weeks unless there is something about it that is concerning (such as being very hard and immobile or rapidly getting larger).

Best wishes.

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