The most common neck problems patients might present with are lumps and bumps. Most commonly, these will be lymph nodes which are structures mainly involved in the removal of infective organisms. As such, lymph nodes become swollen when there is an infection, such as tonsillitis or ear infections.
Tumour cells can also spread to lymph nodes, causing them to enlarge. As tumours in the head and neck region are generally uncommon, this is a much more unusual cause of lymph node enlargement. However, if there is any suspicion that a patient could have a tumour, they should be referred to an ENT surgeon urgently for assessment and investigation, if required.
Last updated 18/9/16