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Neck Lump Clinic

Mauranui Neck Lump Clinic

Dr John Chaplin Specialist Thyroid and Head and Neck Surgeon

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Mauranui Neck Lump Clinic

Our one-stop neck lump clinic offers full assessment services including:

  • Specialist examination and opinion for neck lumps / neck mass
  • Ultrasound Scan
  • Ultrasound guided Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNA)
  • Upper airway endoscopy
  • CT scanning
  • Access to a multidisciplinary clinic

We also specialise in thyroid nodules, thyroid lumps / thyroid cancer, head and neck cancer, lymph node issues.

Urgent appointments available.

Neck Lump Causes

a-right-submandibular-neck-lump In most cases, neck lumps are perfectly innocent and caused by swollen lymph nodes. These are distributed throughout the body and a lot are situated in the neck area: their primary role is to fight infection. Therefore, when an infection occurs (for example a cold, laryngitis, tonsillitis, tooth infections), the lymph nodes can often swell and become tender whilst they do their job. The lymph nodes will generally return to normal once the infection has gone.

Many other benign conditions also present as a lump in the neck including: thyroid nodules, congenital conditions such as thyroglossal duct cyst or branchial cleft cyst and salivary gland tumours. Less commonly, plunging ranulas and lympho-vascular malformations also present as lumps in the neck.

Occasionally, enlarged lymph nodes are cancerous. The cancer can spread to them from primary sites such as oral tongue cancer, throat cancer, larynx cancer, skin cancer and lip cancer, thyroid cancer and salivary gland cancers and in special circumstances, cancers of the nasal cavity or nasopharynx.

Primary malignancies of the salivary glands and thyroid cancer also present as a lump in the neck. Generally cancerous neck lumps are non tender and tend to be larger, harder and more irregular than benign neck lumps.

If swelling or a lump is present with no corresponding infection, it’s wise to see your GP or a specialist.

Symptoms and Treatment

Neck LumpA neck lump does not necessarily require removal. Often they are completely benign and merely require diagnosis which is usually based on  medical history, examination, ultrasound and sometimes an ultrasound guided FNA .

The Mauranui Neck Lump Clinic offers a comprehensive assessment of all neck lumps through diagnosis to treatment. Dr John Chaplin is an experienced, high volume, specialist thyroid and head and neck surgeon and is  New Zealand’s expert in this field.

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  • PROCEDURES
  • AFTER CARE SUPPORT
  • ONGOING TREATMENT
  • PRIVATE HEALTH CARE
  • PUBLIC HEALTH CARE

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