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Neck Mass: Swollen Lymph Node

October 21, 2019


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.

100 Comments

  • Reply TraGic AK March 18, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Am i the only one who came here to find out what is wrong with tfue?

  • Reply Sexwithbaby March 19, 2019 at 3:42 am

    For me it's just there it don't hurt or nun

  • Reply DMK Anthony 07 March 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I think i have a swollen nodes.. problem is im not a child anymore.

  • Reply ツYuii March 20, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Ive never had them and im 10..

  • Reply Mexirean 2K March 22, 2019 at 8:11 am

    I had an infection in my throat, and it started soft and tender, bur after the infection was gone, the lymph node got smaller but it doesn't hurt and it's hard…. It is under my chin.

  • Reply BeeBee March 22, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Removal of lymph nodes is wrong.

  • Reply Tyler Sheehy March 25, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    What if the chield wants to feel pain during surgery

  • Reply Joseph Cheatham April 21, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    My Lymphs under my Jaw on both sides, and the lymph that is even with my left tonsil under my Jaw Has been swollen for the past 5-6 months or so along with my left Tonsil. Also, the Lymphnodes under my chin flare up an become sore every so often.. That first happen about 2months or so ago.. I do get an infection from time to time in my Molar whitch is also on my left side (bottom Molar) where I get a puss pocket on my gum under my tooth.. But I usually just pop it squeeze all the infection out an clean it with H2o2.. But even when the infection in my tooth is gone my Lymphnodes remain swollen.. The lump on the left side of my neck (that is even with my left tonsil) just appeard out of nowere, an has remained for the past 5 months or so.. I take Vitamins, Trace Minerals, Colloidal Silver & Gold on a regular basis an nothing I do has made the lump go away.. So I've been pretty worried since I have 2 Children( 4 & 2 ) & my mother passed away from Thyroid, lung & Bone Marrow cancer.. (Pretty sure it started in her Thyroid, but possibly lungs) & her Mothed passed away from Colon Cancer, and her sister has lung Cancer and her other sister just passed away from Breast Cancer… My fathers side hasn't really seen Cancer, But on my mothers side its everywere.. I haven't went an got checked out yet because tbh Im kinda scared.. Not for myself but for my Children.. I was only 7 when I lost my Father & 14 when I lost my mother so It's terrifying to think My Children could possibly go thru what I went thru an have to grow up without their Father.. I wouldn't do Chemo and/or Radiation in a million years, to me it makes absolutly no sence to treat Cancer with a Carcinogen that has been proven to accually cause cancer & because 97% of Cancer Patients who undergo Chemotherapy die within 5 years of diagnosis.. So I'd rather take my chances with Homeopathic Medicine.. But if anyone has had these same symptoms & has gotten checked out by a dr. An would be willing to conversate it would be greatly appreciated! God Bless!

  • Reply Fidu Fibu April 21, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    I have lymph node
    I was surgery 2017 but biopsy results TB
    Please inform me

  • Reply Shaquille Charles April 22, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I'm 14 and I think I have a swollen lymph node…..and it does hurt when I move my neck in a certain way……according to the video, smaller children get them…..but I'm 14….do I have a swollen lymph node or is it something else…..could someone help me?…..plzzz

  • Reply Mikey H April 27, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Did health anxiety bring anybody else here?

  • Reply Lit _Tortilla April 27, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I just found one of these on my neck because I just got over an ear infection so the infection is trying to get out of my body and it is in just one spot for some reason

  • Reply parvathi guguloth April 28, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    I have lymph node I was surgery 20 days ago biopsy result is tb it is curable or not

  • Reply parvathi guguloth April 28, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Lymph node it's harmful to other people

  • Reply Moon Light April 29, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I have that im gonna sleep well so it will be gone and then im gonna be safe?

  • Reply nessie lewis May 3, 2019 at 5:03 am

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

  • Reply Not Lewis Alexander May 3, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    What do I do if my lymph isn’t going down and doesn’t hurt either?

  • Reply Boss Cat May 4, 2019 at 7:00 am

    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.

  • Reply Boss Cat May 4, 2019 at 7:07 am

    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

  • Reply Yhum Concepcion May 9, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    My neck mass is hurting ??????????????????

  • Reply - Uzraelus - May 15, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    If i have one and im not feeling and pain is it ok ?

    Edit: i meant that im not feeling any pain

  • Reply Quirkiness May 20, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I have a lymp node right behind my ear and it’s soooo annoying

  • Reply Nadine Chou May 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    I have one im really scared

  • Reply XxURBANvNINJAxX May 31, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Okay so what if your 22 and the swollen lymph node has been there for years

  • Reply Link 47 June 3, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Is this cancerous? Because i have this and its already 5 years

  • Reply Kayla Chyan June 4, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I have a swollen lymph node in my neck and jaw and idk if I should go to the doc ?I’m 13

  • Reply nandhini muthammal June 9, 2019 at 7:30 am

    My left neck it's look like small ball… But doesn't pain.

  • Reply tilya tilman June 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Does the surgery need a general anethesy? ???

  • Reply Memesoutloud June 18, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Is this for a gland on the front of neck

  • Reply Everyonecool June 24, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I have one rn on the back right of my neck

  • Reply Daily Moods55 June 24, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Can it go away on its on

  • Reply Epic Handouts June 28, 2019 at 11:22 am

    My doctor has refused to do any bloodwork or ultrasound,mri. What do i do ? ?

  • Reply Sunjoli Mathur June 28, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    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

  • Reply rcgamer c June 29, 2019 at 7:12 am

    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?

  • Reply nandhini muthammal June 30, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I have left and right side like small ball and no pain is it OK???? Pls tell me

  • Reply Oshz -chan July 1, 2019 at 8:34 am

    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?

  • Reply Miriam Fease July 2, 2019 at 5:19 pm

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

  • Reply DaBoyz Chap0 July 5, 2019 at 4:25 am

    Is this deadly?

  • Reply Dashawn James July 5, 2019 at 4:47 am

    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.

  • Reply Infinite Soundtracks July 5, 2019 at 5:43 am

    OH NO I have I have it

    At least they put you to sleep

  • Reply Wimm Al'asad July 6, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Don't know if it is Tonsilitis or Lymph Node that i have ??

  • Reply Mnkyboy14 July 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    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.

  • Reply Justin Edwards July 8, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Anesthesia kills you enough to where you could still be brought back.

  • Reply Gr Wa July 9, 2019 at 1:47 am

    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.

  • Reply Adrienne W. July 11, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    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. ?

  • Reply Mashrafi Rahman July 12, 2019 at 7:33 am

    My left side is swollen

  • Reply Ricardo Green July 12, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    it's not just in kids. I'm 31 and got one under my neck

  • Reply GHOUL RXIN ツ July 14, 2019 at 2:03 am

    I have three

  • Reply Sarala Prabhas July 14, 2019 at 4:05 am

    For surgery done again it's coming wt do for that

  • Reply Jekkuu July 14, 2019 at 11:11 am

    So.. this isn’t a cancer?

  • Reply jacks 420 July 18, 2019 at 3:14 am

    I have 2 on the back of my neck

  • Reply Tyeluh July 19, 2019 at 9:47 am

    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

  • Reply farah faisal July 21, 2019 at 12:44 am

    What will happen if we just let it be

  • Reply Yani M July 21, 2019 at 5:44 am

    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

  • Reply FIRE NATION July 21, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I have 2 in the both the spots you showed me

  • Reply AL JAFIRAHAMATH artzzz July 25, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    ??Any easy method treatment pls

  • Reply Lycanshi Thrope July 26, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    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

  • Reply Bloom.mp3 • July 26, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I think I have one but I’m not sure I’m only 13

  • Reply wack ! July 26, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    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.

  • Reply Maimah Ramos July 28, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    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

  • Reply SkelliBones 223 July 29, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Health anxiety anyone ?

  • Reply Melissa Darling July 29, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    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.

  • Reply Desiree Pro July 30, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    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

  • Reply Rochelle Nguekeng August 1, 2019 at 1:58 am

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

  • Reply Brian Battle August 2, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Soooo i dont have a adams apple???‍♂️

  • Reply Joshua Rex August 3, 2019 at 4:45 am

    I thought I had goiter but when I found this

  • Reply faith gatwiri August 6, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    My dad passed on after developing a lump on the side if the neck

  • Reply Joel Park August 14, 2019 at 6:23 am

    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

  • Reply countess tessa August 18, 2019 at 4:45 am

    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?

  • Reply Bob Smith August 20, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Acne causes this as well just letting people know

  • Reply Farooq Ahmad August 22, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    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

  • Reply Synergy Tech August 22, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    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?

  • Reply Édouard Renaud August 22, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Very useful video really appreciate it

  • Reply Shawty Cee August 28, 2019 at 4:23 am

    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

  • Reply Furious Kleetus August 30, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    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

  • Reply X!!_ BURNING August 31, 2019 at 10:36 am

    I feel uncomfortable on right side of my neck it hurts a lil bit when I stretch my neck

  • Reply Gamer Station September 3, 2019 at 10:45 am

    I am scared of cancee

  • Reply DEMON X September 5, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    I have something which is like a neck mass. It hurts when pressed and it is on the left side.

  • Reply Anusha Dharla September 10, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Im 29 recently i observed under my chin.. Im lit worried.. Do i have to consult doct?

  • Reply Melini Gonzalez September 10, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I have this still in left side. Ent try talk me out of this simple surgery. Ugh I had one removed at age 4 …sitting on the Drs desk. my mom behind me standing up. Dr cut lump out right there!! He said look at little blk doggie out the window but don't move. I guess he numbed it. Bc my lump was painful but not his cutting it out. I was so happy. ?this was in Michigan

  • Reply V Sg September 11, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    I searched this on google and it told cancer?

  • Reply BRIJESH NATH September 12, 2019 at 9:23 am

    सर मेरे पापा के गले की मशीन चेंज होनी चाहिए जो एक कैंसर के पेशेंट है सर मेरी हेल्प करेंगे और बताइए कि सबसे अच्छा अस्पताल कौनसा रहेगा जहां वह मशीन चेंज हो सकेगी

  • Reply Jaysen Bonks September 16, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    My throat hurts ?

  • Reply Abhishek Sharma September 17, 2019 at 10:46 am

    true vedio. valuable

  • Reply Hem Men September 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    I had gland lymph node in neck area around my collar bone for three times. Doctor said it was gland tb. How to stop it from happening again in my body?

  • Reply Milk Man September 24, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Yeah I got one about the size of a pea and it’s solid but it don’t hurt or cause me any pain. So will it just go away?

  • Reply Kripton September 26, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Cutting up and taking out lymph nodes? Are these people crazy or something? It's doing its job. Why the surgery? Are you people going to cut and take out your belly because of some belly fat or something?

  • Reply Eddie Kaspbrak September 27, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I have a tiny bump under my left ear, is it a swollen lymph node?

  • Reply Ganga Bhatta October 7, 2019 at 8:44 am

    my probleam is same

  • Reply Russian Vodka October 7, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Does it count as a swollen lymph node when its very big?

  • Reply Lemying Yoaham October 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    thanx for ur vedio.

  • Reply Hotcupídシ October 9, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    I have both side of my neck T-T

  • Reply Sonia Vats October 11, 2019 at 4:32 am

    mam can u tell me how many days lymph node is swelling …..??????

  • Reply Prasanga Limbu October 12, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Isn't there any other treatment except this surgery???

  • Reply oUgh-FN October 12, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Why is my throat only hurting on one side?

    EDIT: it doesn’t hurt anymore

  • Reply doggo October 15, 2019 at 9:17 am

    I have a small one in the center under my chin almost and it all happened because i have a cold sore on my lip. is this because of the infection of the sore?

  • Reply Ajay Digra October 16, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    People are so worried. Honestly speaking i am good but ur comments make me worried. Actually all of us are good and healthy. But reading and watching such stuff makes us more and more anxious. Ghanta krta ab fikar…sab kuch thik thak hai…

  • Reply I Love Taehyung But he Loves Jungkook October 17, 2019 at 11:36 am

    i think i had the lateral lymph node and its kinda big now and oh lord im afraid to get surgery not because if i feel pain but we cant afford it so i might just live with bump in my neck forever

  • Reply Dr.Rumaiza Rahmath October 18, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I had lymphedenopathy in my right neck. I underwent biopsy, the result was toxoplasmosis. After 3months i got swollel lymphnode in my lefe neck. What is that? Shoul i be worry?

  • Reply ItzYaBoiAndrew October 19, 2019 at 2:10 am

    I had 5 on July 4th… Now I have 3 or 4

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