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Hard golf ball sized lump in back of neck

03/08/2008

Question:

I have a very hard and large unmovable lump in the upper back part of my neck. It is about the size of a golf ball and it is as hard. I`ve had this lump for about three years and over time it has gotten bigger. Should I be concerned?

Answer:

Any neck mass present for more than 2 weeks is considered abnormal and should be evaluated. You need a good head and neck evaluation, possibly a scan, and maybe even a biopsy. Because it has been there for 3 years suggests that it may be benign, but this is in no way a certainty. Make sure you see your physician.

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Response by:

Cheryl  Koliha-Brandt, MSN, RN, CNS, CORLN Cheryl Koliha-Brandt, MSN, RN, CNS, CORLN
Clinical Nurse Specialist and Instructor of
Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology 
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University