Neck Mass: Swollen Lymph Node


A neck mass is a bump or lump on the neck. Neck masses can be present from birth but
usually develop within the first five years of your child’s life. They are generally painless unless infected. There are two types of neck masses: solid
or cystic. A solid mass is a dense lump of tissue, while
a cystic mass is a sac that fills with fluid. Neck masses can be ‘central’—on the
front of the neck—or ‘lateral’—on the left or right side of the neck. A swollen lymph node is an example of a lateral,
solid neck mass. Lymph nodes are part of the immune system
and are found all over the body. Lymph nodes vary in size, but can swell to
be large masses when fighting infection. Surgical removal of a swollen lymph node may
be necessary so your child’s doctor can take a closer look to help determine what
it is. Lymph nodes may also need to be taken out
if they become chronically infected or if the swelling is recurring. The surgery happens in an operating room. First, your child will be given “general
anesthesia,” a medication that makes your child sleep and keeps them from remembering
or feeling any pain during the operation. After your child has fallen asleep, the surgery
begins. Your child’s surgeon will make a small cut
in the skin, along a fold in the neck to help hide any scarring that may develop. Once inside, the muscles in the neck are lifted
to reveal the swollen lymph node, then the swollen node is removed. Neighboring lymph nodes may be removed at
the same time if necessary. The wound is then closed with stitches that
are hidden under the skin and don’t need to be removed. Steri-strip bandages may be placed over the
wound while it’s healing. Lymph node removal is generally performed
as an outpatient procedure, meaning your child can go home the same day as their surgery. You will be instructed on how to care for
your child’s wound while at home. Call us at the Children’s Hospital Colorado
Department of Ear, Nose, and Throat to make an appointment with one of our providers.

66 thoughts on “Neck Mass: Swollen Lymph Node

  1. Just had biopsy this morning, I’ve been suspecting lymphoma for years. I will update when I get results back

  2. I had one for 2 years 🙁 im scared. I also have gingivitis and my teeth hurt like hell! thanks for the info tho. ill go to a dentist first then ill go to a doctor. prayers for everyone.

  3. Also if someone is scared to go to the doctor and lives closer to me then you could take me with you in scared too u.u im 21 n i live in pennsylvania

  4. I think I have one on the side of my neck but it doesn’t really hurt or bother me do I need to go to the doctor

  5. So this random kid bent my neck super far back and that same day I got a bump on my neck just like it is in the video. Could it still be a swollen lymph node?

  6. Does it have to be in the middle of the thrat can it be in the middle of the left side of the neck and the front?

  7. I have a small lump right under (I mean RIGHT under) my left jaw bone. It doesn’t hurt but it moves around.

  8. I’m 24 years of age and I have that same exact elaboration on my neck and I would be pleased if someone could do surgery on my neck please.

  9. Well I have a problem… I have at least 5 to 6 swollen lymph nodes and my neck is very painful. I also get very lightheaded when I stand up, I don’t know what to do and would love for someone to give me so help or advice.

  10. I have an ear infection (from water getting trapped in my ear). Now I feel a little lump under my jaw and ear. Its annoying.

    Edit: I'm 14 and this is my first ear infection.

  11. Why would you remove it if it’s signaling and filtering infection? Then it’s not even connected to the lymphatic path either?! It’s like stomping on a fire alarm detecting a fire. 😐

  12. Im 20 years old and I’ve had a swollen lymph node for about 4 years now . Should I still get it removed or should I not worry about it

  13. My boyfriend has 2 balls under his jawline & I’m scared. He said he can barley open his mouth & his throat is hurting idk if
    diarrhea comes along but he’s getting some

  14. I suddenly turned to the right and now my left side (neck, ear and throat) are sore and in pain. I can't even sleep.
    Tried meds but they didn't work out so much. Help anyone?

  15. Do mines goes away this is the second time I've seen it. It was on the side of my neck months ago. Same spot now, but it doesn't hurt

  16. Ive had these bumps for like 2 years…is it dangerous cause recently i was starting to worry bout it. might go visit a doctor.

  17. My neck was swelling and i can feel some lymphnodes and it’s painful few months pass my lymphnodes starting to rupture and cause non stop pus and blood so i always change gauze and clean my neck with some antibiotic cream and decided to go the doctor, the doctor give me some antibiotics and said it will gonna be just fine but NO it’s reaaallllyyy painful and disgusting af and my aunt tell me to visit a oncologist it might be a cancer so I visit a oncologist and it was right i was a cancer and i was diagnosed with lymphoma and gladly after my 1st session chemo the pus and blood that keeps dropping from my neck stopped and the wound dried and after 6th session of chemo and radiation therapy i feel better now be praise to god!, and i have monthly check ups and yearly PET SCAN and im only 16 yrs old

  18. I've had this small ball on the left of my neck for YEARS and it has never hurt or anything, it's soft and moves around when i touch it. I'm suffering from serious health anxiety because of it.
    I'm going to get it checked soon, and see what happens… hoping it's just a enlarged lymph node that stayed a lil big after my serious tooth infection from years ago.

  19. I’ve noticed it I told my mom to touch the bump she thought nothing of it like 3 weeks later I can feel a bump with out having to touch it hard to find it

  20. Hi
    If you were dinosaurs with it as a baby an nothing was don about it
    What will happen when gring as an adult

  21. Is it more easier to feel the groin lymph node? Because Idk if it’s swollen or not, but it says on internet that only very skinny people can feel, but I’m not that skinny but I can clearly feel it. I’m freaking out plz someone help

  22. I have a CT scan tomorrow and I’ll see if I have to get this removed. I hop everyone who has this is ok. Good luck💟

  23. My throat is pain last 2.5 months .I have taken lot of Medicain infections and allergic have been taken.but still the same issue have. Plz guide me

  24. When doctors remove lymph nodes how does the body channel toxins out once portions of its plumbing has been removed? Is a swollen lymph node a flaw of nature's process that only modern doctors can correct?

  25. I just started volleyball and noticed my neck hurt. So a few days later I feel the bump it’s legit a ball that I can move around, maybe it’s a muscle knot but it’s a perfect ball. It hurts a bit and the other side of my neck doesn’t have the bump, it’s not big but when I pressed my neck I felt it. Any help or what this can be would be great

  26. If you're a teenager an have but you don't think you have a infection or disease or something it might be acne from what I saw from google it's a type of in harmful skin infection or disease most teens and young adults could suffer from this I hope this is true

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