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Question: lumps on neck

 angelgee - Tue Oct 04, 2005 6:53 pm

Hello, I have a 4 year old and I noticed a lump on the side of her neck about 2 months ago. Yesterday she had me feel 2 more lumps in the back of her neck. I'm worried because I never felt anything like that and I'm waiting for an auth to see an ENT. Until I get a call for an appt. I would like to know what could this be and if I should be worried. She had a blood test done and it came back neg. She has a total of 5 lumps, 3 that feel like the size of a marble. Please advice
Thank you,
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:52 pm

Dear Gloria,
These are probably enlarged lymph nodes in response to any present or past infection.
It would be helpful if you can tell us of the size of these lumps, their consistency and whether they are fixed or mobile?
 angelgee - Sun Oct 09, 2005 2:59 pm

Thank you for responding. I believe the one on the left side is about 2 cm and the ones in the back are about 1-1.50 cm. They seem to be mobil and tender. She's not complaining of any pain. This is the first time she's had these lumps. We are waiting to see an ENT this week but would like to know what these lumps could be so I can have the doctor check her real good.
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Sun Oct 09, 2005 3:21 pm

I still believe these are lymph nodes or glands that have enlarged in response to an infection anywhere in the head and neck regions.
As I always say, they are evidence of a good response of the body's immune system.
Now, their persistence for 2 months probably warrants some lab studies to prove infection, and may be try to figure out what organism could be causing this.
Your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic accordingly.
 angelgee - Sun Oct 09, 2005 4:34 pm

Thank you

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