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What is a Neck Mass?

Lumps or masses in your neck can have a number of origins, ranging from the benign to the concerning. A neck lump could be nothing serious, or it could signal the development of a serious condition like cancer. Benign neck masses occur frequently in children. 

Even if you think your neck mass is benign, it's still a good idea to get it checked out by an ENT specialist right away. At ENT New York, Dr. Vandana Kumra, MD, can help you diagnose neck masses, and, if necessary, get you started with the right treatment. She works with patients in the New York metro area, using state-of-the-art approaches to ENT wellness. 

What does a neck mass look and feel like?

Neck masses can vary from the very large and visible to the extremely small. Lumps may be hard or soft, and can be pale or reddish in color. You might feel pain associated with the mass, or it might be painless. 

Neck masses can originate in the muscles, tissues, or organs of your neck, and their appearance varies depending on the location and cause.

Swollen lymph nodes make up one common type of neck mass. Lymph nodes swell due to illness, infection, medications, and stress. Swollen lymph nodes can occur in your armpits and groin, as well as your neck. Swollen lymph nodes can be painful or painless.

What causes neck masses?

Lots of different medical conditions can result in neck masses. Neck masses can be a symptom of serious conditions, like:

Not-so-serious conditions can also result in neck masses. Sometimes, the mass may reveal an imbalance that can be corrected with treatment, so it’s always best to get a neck mass looked at by a doctor.

Non-serious causes of neck masses include:

If you're concerned about a neck mass or lump, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kumra as soon as possible. ENT New York will review your health history, examine your neck mass, perform any further testing as needed, and discuss diagnosis and treatment options with you. 

To make an appointment at our conveniently located Central Park West office, call today, or book online.

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