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Hi there, Im very worried about my son. He is 5 years of

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Hi there,
I'm very worried about my son. He is 5 years of age he has a lump on the right side of his throat between his ear and mouth along his jaw line. The lump has been getting slowly bigger. He has list weight, has night sweats and high temperatures a lot. His voice has changed in sound like he has a sore throat. When I feel the lump, he has no pain. He has fatigue and has been sent home from school for falling asleep in class.
He has terrible breath in the morning that smells of illness/ he never has had smelly breath!
He has been for blood tests for blood count, liver, spleen, glandular fever - these can back clear and say he has a virus but the do not know why?! We have a hospital appointment near the end of May and have advised we keep it.
I have not been put on an urgent list and cannot understand why. My GP says I will have to wait. Please help! Are they right?
Best wishes
Michelle
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi--sorry to hear this. How long has he been sick. Has he had either a ct scan or an MRI of his head, neck and chest and abdomen?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He has had no scans at all. I am waiting for hospital appointment.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
And Michelle--his white blood cell count has been entirely normal and no anemia?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It came normal.
No anemia
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Just one more question Michelle--what did your doctor say about the lump?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She said that it is quite a sizeable lump that does not move.
He also has small clusters of lumps towards the back of his neck.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK Michelle and we can continue after this if you'd like. This may be an infected cyst that's giving him the other symptoms or it could be glandular fever that just wasn't detected on the test. It might also be an infected parotid--salivary gland--with an obstructed duct from a stone. At this point I would get the ct or MRI of his head and neck to check things out and he may need an ENT consultation along with antiobiotics and drainage of a possible abscess
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