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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Pain on the right side of throat

12/10/2009

Question:

Hello,

About a month ago I started getting pain on the right side of my throat below my jaw. It went away after about 5 days and recently came back. Now, in addition to the pain I feel when I swallow, I`ve noticed that my neck hurts when I move it, as if I slept funny. I feel this sensation in the same location. My neck is also slightly swollen on the right side. What`s going on?

Answer:

One sided swelling in the neck below the jaw that is painful and comes and goes is likely a salivary gland. These glands can get blocked by stones (like kidney stones) that will then cause swelling and pain. A thorough history and physical from an ENT should get at the bottom of your problem.

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Response by:

Lee   Zimmer, MD Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati