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I have developed a golf ball size lump at the front of my neck

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I have developed a golf ball size lump at the front of my neck below my Adam's Apple, now I have slightly smaller lumps each side. I am well in myself. The lumps are visable especially if I lean my head back
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

these lumps could be enlarged lymph nodes or could be swollen thyroid gland which is below the adam's apple or largynx.

JACUSTOMER-5mhept0s- :

Hi

Dr. David :

you should see your GP and ask for an ultrasound of your neck to find out what these lumps are

JACUSTOMER-5mhept0s- :

yeah I realise that but what does that mean

JACUSTOMER-5mhept0s- :

I have an appointment at the end of this week but I am worried, my grandmother had thyroid cancer

Dr. David :

thyroid cancer usually doesn't cause a visible lump in the neck.

Dr. David :

usually cancer doesn't look symmetric and develop like this on both sides.

JACUSTOMER-5mhept0s- :

it did with my grandmother

Dr. David :

she could have had a goiter which is benign enlargment of the thyroid gland and her thyroid cancer could have been inside of the enlarged goiter thyroid gland.

Dr. David :

hopefully your ultrasound will not show signs of thyroid cancer.

JACUSTOMER-5mhept0s- :

so why could I have enlarged lymph nodes or swollen thyroid gland

Dr. David :

enlarged lymph nodes are caused by your immune system fighting off infections even when you are feeling well.

JACUSTOMER-5mhept0s- :

ok

Dr. David :

benign enlarged thyroid gland is called a goiter and can happen as you get older.

Dr. David :

it can happen with lack of iodine in your diet or even with normal iodine in the diet.

Dr. David :

so hopefully those are those causes of what you are seeing

JACUSTOMER-5mhept0s- :

ok thanks

Dr. David :

but the doctor's exam and ultrasound will tell more

Dr. David :

you are welcome

Dr. David :

best of luck to you

Dr. David :

let me know what it shows

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ok thanks

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