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Neck Mass

Neck Mass

A neck mass is a strange lump in the neck. Neck masses can be any size—quite significant to see and feel, or they can be very small.

A neck mass might be a symptom of an infection, or it might show a medical condition. It is not necessarily cancer, it can be benign, yet it implies you may require a proper examination to get a precise diagnosis.

Some commonly known causes of a neck mass are:

  • Viral or bacterial infection in the throat
  • Ear or sinus infection
  • Dental infection
  • Mumps
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Lymphoma
  • Skin cancer
  • Long term tobacco use
  • Consumption of excessive alcohol


A doctor may perform an endoscopy to take a closer look at the neck mass and may order specific tests such as CT, MRI, or PET scan to help diagnose the mass. A biopsy might be needed to diagnose the neck mass to see whether it’s cancerous or benign.

If the neck mass is found to be cancerous, treatment options will include surgery followed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. If the mass is benign, the doctor could suggest surgery to prevent future complications.

Symptoms of a neck mass are:

  • Voice change
  • Pain or difficulty with Swallowing
  • Difficulty hearing or ear pain on the same side as the neck mass
  • Neck or throat pain
  • Unexplained and sudden weight loss
  • Blockage in one side of the nose
  • Breathing trouble
  • Bleeding from nose or mouth
  • Coughing up blood
  • Mole on the face or scalp that is growing or changing colour.
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