Swellings in the neck region

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The neck contains many vital structures, such as blood vessels, nerves, glands and lymph nodes. These structures can sometimes become swollen and present with a lump.

 

Neck lumps or swellings may signal an underlying health issue. Having any neck lump evaluated by a doctor to rule out potentially serious conditions is crucial. Neck lumps can be a cause for concern because of the close proximity of vital structures to one another. You should seek medical attention should you discover one.

 

There are multiple potential causes of lumps/ swellings in the neck. Below are some of the more common causes:

 

  • Lymph Nodes – May be enlarged because of acute infections, like upper respiratory tract infections, skin infections, ear infections
  • Thyroid Nodules – The thyroid gland can sometimes develop solid or fluid-filled lumps. These lumps may also lead to problems when they grow larger and compress on other structures in the neck, causing swallowing and breathing difficulties.
  • Skin and Subcutaneous Lumps – Growths in the neck that arise from the skin or just below the skin.
  • Salivary Gland Enlargement – These glands can sometimes become enlarged for different reasons that include tumours, infection or secondary to an underlying medical condition.
  • Thyroglossal Cysts/Branchial Cysts – These developmental lumps, present from birth, may not make themselves known until later in life when they enlarge. It’s crucial to address these cysts surgically to avoid potential complications.

 

A full range of diagnostic services is available at Aglow ENT Centre after taking patient history our ENT specialist in Singapore can provide the following diagnostic methods which may include blood tests, biopsies, imaging tests (x-ray, CT or MRI) and Fine-needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC).

 

Treatment for various lumps or swelling in the neck regions varies depending on what our ENT Specialist, Dr Ker Liang, finds. While some lumps can be observed with regular follow-up appointments, others, especially those indicative of cancer, may require surgical removal. In cases where malignancy is suspected, lymph nodes in the neck may also need to be excised to prevent the spread of cancer

Clinical Practice and Expertise

Please consult an ENT specialist if you are suffering from any ear, nose, or throat symptoms. It is also advisable to visit an ENT doctor if you experience persistent mouth breathing due to a chronic blocked nose or encounter snoring issues.

Dr Ker Liang sees adults and children for general ENT conditions and provides comprehensive management in a broad range of Ear, Nose, and Throat, as well as Head and Neck conditions. She has a special interest in treating throat and voice conditions, including persistent sore throat, voice issues, snoring, and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).

Medical Teaching

Assistant Professor Ker Liang has a passion for teaching and is an Assistant Professor with NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSOM). As the NUS-NUH Otolaryngology Department Undergraduate Medical Director, Dr Ker Liang supervises the training of medical students from YLLSOM, NUS. She is actively involved
in the training of postgraduate junior doctors and residents in the Head and Neck Surgery department. She was conferred with an Undergraduate Teaching Award by the National University Health System in 2016 for her outstanding efforts as an Otolaryngology educator.

Medical Teaching

Assistant Professor Ker Liang has a passion for teaching and is an Assistant Professor with NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSOM). As the NUS-NUH Otolaryngology Department Undergraduate Medical Director, Dr Ker Liang supervises the training of medical students from YLLSOM, NUS. She is actively involved
in the training of postgraduate junior doctors and residents in the Head and Neck Surgery department. She was conferred with an Undergraduate Teaching Award by the National University Health System in 2016 for her outstanding efforts as an Otolaryngology educator.

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Dr Ker Liang
ENT Surgeon

MBBS (S’pore), MRCS (Edin),
MMed (ORL), ACGME-I (ORL)

Specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions affecting the

ENT system, our doctor brings expertise, compassion, and a personalised approach to

every patient interaction. From common concerns such as allergies and sinus issues to

more complex conditions like hearing loss and throat disorders, our ENT specialist is

equipped to address your unique health needs with skill. 

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