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I've found a lump on the side of my neck which isn't huge

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Hi, I've found a lump on the side of my neck which isn't huge and definitely moves, but is a distinctive lump. I did see my GP who wasn't overly concerned, but noticed another at the front. I can't really feel this one myself, the whole area feels lumpy to me. I've had lots of colds/flu's lately and seem to get ill a lot. I'm very concerned about this, what are the likely causes? Thanks.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.
Hi there,This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.Inflamed lymph nodes are likely cause.Recurrent infections can cause inflammation of lymph nodes.Recurrent infection can be caused by the defect in immune sytem.Complete blood count with differential and immunoglobulin levels should be checked.Chronic infections like tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis also should be checked.Autoimmune disorder like sarcoidosis is another possibility.Body's immune system can attack the lymphoid tissues mistakably.Lastly, there is small risk of lymphoma as well.Hodgkins' lymphoma for example.Hence, a lymph node biopsy also recommended.In most cases this is a benign condition resolves over time.But given the other possibilities further work up should be considered as above.Best wishes,It was my pleasure to help you today.If I have answered all your questions, Please rate my response Excellent (click on the smiley faces) under this chat box only.Please bookmark my profile for asking further questions!This is the link to my profile:http://www.justanswer.com/medical/expert-mysticdoc/
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.
HelloThese are likely reactive nodes.Meaning from cold and flu.They can go away or remain as small lumps.This is common and happens to many people.Without other findings I don't think it means anything else, particularly if your GP finds them unconcerning on exam. OK, so that is an initial answer….Please use reply to expert if you have further questions. When you are ready, please click a positive rating [hopefully excellent]. If you forgot something, come back. I am here daily.
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.
Hi there,This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.I am here to address your concerns and provide great service. I am the original expert working on your problem.I thank the other expert for agreeing with me on the point this can be benign.However, given the history of recurrent infections, and now swollen lump further evaluation is required to look for any immunodeficiency, chronic bacterial infection, autoimmune disorder, or malignancy.Best wishes,It was my pleasure to help you today.If I have answered all your questions, Please rate my response Excellent (click on the smiley faces) under this chat box only.Please bookmark my profile for asking further questions!This is the link to my profile:http://www.justanswer.com/medical/expert-mysticdoc/

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