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hard lump in neck under skin

I have had a lump in my neck for 7 years. I have buried my head about it till now afraid of what it may be. The lump is non painfull and about the size of a marble. It is slightly visible and protrudes maybe a tenth of an inch from neck. it has grown very slightly in the seven years. The lump is hard and mobile under skin. it feels like its attached to the skin underneath. the skin over it is normal colored. it is located directly in the middle front of neck just beneath my adams apple. Can anyone tell me possible diagnosis of such lumps. I have no medical insurance and want to know how serious this may be. Please help  Matt..
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Hmm, maybe a thyroglossal cyst. Does it move up and down when you swallow?
210459 tn?1197085792
Hey, first of all thanks for responding! No it does not move up and down when i swallow. I can pinch it around the skin and move it around a bit. It is attached to the inside of the skin though. I dont think the lump is attached to the thyroid or anything else but the skin.   Thanx again, Matt
210459 tn?1197085792
Also I looked up Thyroglossal cysts and mine doesnt drain through skin at all.
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Common midline neck lumps are:
1.Thyroglossal cysts: these are most common,  usually deeper and attached to the neck cartilages (the adams apple) so they move up and down when you swallow.

2. Dermoid cysts
3. Sebaceous cysts

These two are usually firm and very close under the skin and have a well defined edge. (sound like yours)

4.Lipoma: this has an irreglular edge and is kind of soft.

5.Midline lymph nodes

6. Ectopic thyroid gland

5 and 6 are kind of rare.
210459 tn?1197085792
Docbostoston you have been very helpfull. I really do appreciate your feedback. I am almost certain it is a dermoid cyst after researching them. The possibility that it is something potentially benign as this gives me the confidence to have it checked. I am making an appointment. Thanks again Sir .....Matt
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It could be your thyroid.  I found a lump in March and after multiple tests and fine needle biopsy, it turned out to be cancer  I had to have my thyroid removed completely.  Go to thyroid disorders area- many people full of knowledge.  Don't be scared, I hear it is a 15% chance of cancer.  But do get it checked out.
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I have a similar problem as the original poster.  Just recently I have discovered a round lump under my adam's apple. Its in the center of my throat and almost looks like a second Adam's apple when I swallow.  Im a 23 year old male (non-smoker and non-drinker).  It doesnt hurt at all and the only reason I found is, I was rubbing my neck and felt a lump.  It moves up and down when I swallow.  If Im sitting relaxed it doesnt portrude my skin...but if I flex my muscles or make my neck tight it is a noticeable lump.  I have been having alot of drainage lately if this is a symptom of something. I can touch it and it moves around and feels rather soft but firm at the same time.  Can someone help me.  Its really worrisome b/c I dont know what it is.

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I have a smilar problem.  For two years, I have had a small marble sized lump under the right side of my jaw.  It is firm but not hard (maybe rubbery).  It has not changed over the last two years and the are ocassionally feels a bit sore.  The lump is high mobile..I can move it from under my jaw, around the other side, and up a bit.  It is not in my skin...it is in the neck cavity, below the skin and tissue.   I dont think a lymph node or gland as I do not believe such structures are round or can move so freely.  Also, I am under the impression that cancers tend to be attached to tissue, are largely stationary, and tend to grow.   Any ideas?  I have posted something about this on the board, but no one has responded.  Please give me any suggestions.  

I am a 25 year old male.  I only drink a glass of wine here and there, but I do smoke (with periods of quitting in between).  I have had severe teeth problems (early decay) and I always assumed it related to that until now.
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i have small lump almost 1inch on side of my neck (slightly back ) for about 4 years .. i didn't check with doc because i don't wanna be a burden on my parents who have tight financial position. n offlate i saw another small lump in front side of my neck .. n it is movable ...
is this cancer?
please answer me
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I have been online researching cysts of neck and jaw. My 12 year old has had a small, pea sized soft knot on her neck for over a year. Now there is one on her jaw that is same and tender. I am freaking out. will call the doctor tom. - wondering your thoughts. Please respond.
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Can someone help me figure this out.
My father lives on an island where there is no good medical facilities, the closest one would be in Hawaii which is 2,000 dollars away. He has been seen for this problem by the doctors on the island he's at, but they don't know what it is, and so far they've put him on I believe 3 different antibiotics to see if it goes down.
He's almost lost his voice - been 3 months now.  
The doctors found a lump in his neck after doing a scan of some sort. Since then, the lump has now formed liquid that protrudes and moves around his neck - one day it could be over the lump area, then the next it's moved to the front of his throat.
He is also having a hard time swallowing. He says that when he swallows, more air goes down than the now puree'd food. The doctors have now been injecting him with the antibiotics because he is unable to swallow them.
The swelling has grown and has spread to one side of his chest. So from the neck to the chest area has swelled.
My father says that he is in no pain.
Does this sound familiar to anyone?
Thank you
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i have 3 lumps marble sized -1 exactly under my left jaw not mobile but protrudes the skin when stretched........the other 2 exactly underneath about 6 inches right above my collar bone that are a little smaller but move about a fingers space----please respond if u no anything
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