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Lump on neck and static vision

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I had noticed a lump on my neck on the left side a few weeks ago, and decided it was in my best interest to finally get it check out. So I went to the doctor's today & they told me it was nothing more than a normal lymph node in my neck & sometimes thin people are able to feel them, but after getting home & feeling it again for myself I think it feels bigger than just a regular lymph node. Should I go back to my family doctor? Are there any sort of tests I could get done to rule out lymphoma? I am unsure of what my next steps should be, but I am not satisfied with someone simply telling me there is nothing to worry about, without any scientific evidence. I've also been experiencing what I can only describe as static vision. Could the two be connected?

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replied May 8th, 2009
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If you think that this lymph node is enlarging (and especially if the lump is painless), then some consideration should be given to ruling-out lymphoma, or some other malignancy involving the node (fortunately, the great majority of the time, enlarged lymph nodes turn out to be benign, and the enlargement is a temporary response to infection or inflammation in the body).

If you remain concerned about this lump, then consider requesting a consultation with a surgeon or ENT doctor for further evaluation (hopefully, everything will turn out to be okay).

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS
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