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Forum Name: Rheumatology Topics

Question: pain, moderate swelling on r. side of throat

 smoosw - Sat May 10, 2003 10:47 am

I am 30 yr. old male in relatively great health. I feel fine and have no other physical symptoms except the following:

I have some moderate pain on the right side of my throat when I swallow. I feel some swelling (moderate) on the outside of my throat in that area. I have tonsils but this doesn't feel like anything tonsil-related. It feels slightly lower than my tonsils in my throat, isolated only to my right side. Again, everything else feels fine. Head, sinuses, rest of throat feel fine . . . no burning or irritation anywhere else, no cough.

Any info would be EXTREMELY appreciated. I will see a physician next week but I would like to have at least an educated guess/idea of what this could be. Thank you.
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Wed May 14, 2003 9:37 pm

User avatar Dear Smoosw,

Thank you very much for using our website.

In my opinion, swellings should be looked at before guessing so you did good that you are going to see your doctor.

Swellings in that area could be caused by any of the structures present there like:
1. Skin (since it is on the outside) .
2. Lymph nodes.
3. Salivary glands.
4. Blood vessels.
5. Muscles.
6. Subcutaneous tissues.

Most of the swellings could be identified by their history and then examination. If a swelling could not be identified clinically or is suspicious then it should be excised and analysed.

As regars the history you have not mentioned how long ago did you notice the swelling? How fast did it get bigger? When did you start having the swallowing problem and the pain? The answers to all these questions help as to find out the cause of the swelling.

Once more, thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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