What is a neck mass?
A neck mass is an irregular lump in the neck that can be large or small. Neck masses are often benign, but sometimes, they can indicate a cancerous tumor. Other times, they can be a sign of a bacterial or viral infection caused by an enlarged lymph node. Regardless of the cause, a neck mass should be examined and treated as soon as possible. Common symptoms that may indicate a neck mass include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Ear pain
- Voice changes
- Throat pain
- Trouble breathing
If you have an abnormal lump in your neck, contact the team at Cross Timbers ENT to receive a thorough exam and diagnosis. We're here to serve you in Arlington, Mansfield, and Midlothian, TX so schedule an appointment today.
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How is a neck mass evaluated?
During an appointment at Cross Timbers ENT, your doctor will assess your symptoms and conduct a detailed physical exam and blood test. Imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, may be recommended, as well as a neck biopsy to determine whether the lump is malignant or benign. Your individualized treatment will be highly dependent on the type of neck mass. If you have a bacteria infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. For patients with a lump or growth that needs to be removed, surgery is one of the most common treatment methods. Our team is highly trained in the latest minimally invasive removal techniques for neck masses and lumps. A detailed follow-up plan will be discussed during your appointment.
check abnormal Neck masses
A neck mass does not always indicate the presence of cancer, but the issue should be promptly evaluated either way. If you have an abnormal lump in your neck, diagnostic testing is available at Cross Timbers ENT in Arlington, Mansfield, and Midlothian, TX. Our board-certified team provides expert care to treat both benign and malignant neck masses.