The Cause Of A Large Neck After Glandular Tuberculosis Surgery?

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Several years ago I had TB surgery for the gland in my left neck. I saw that my left neck was bigger than the right one. At first glance it doesn’t appear, but if I swallow it will show the difference. Is this normal?

1 Answer:

Hi Aryo,

Thank you for asking

Many people do have a neck that is not symmetrical between the right and left sides. Besides being due to anatomical variations that normally occur from birth, this condition can also occur due to certain disorders, for example:

Enlarged lymph nodes, including due to glandular tuberculosis (tuberculosis lymphadenitis) Enlargement of other glands in the neck, for example parotitis (enlarged salivary glands), hyperthyroidism (hyperactive thyroid gland) History of injuries to the neck (including injuries during surgery), for example those that cause injury muscles, bones, ligaments, or joints Disorders of curvature of the spine, such as scoliosis Torticollis (neck muscle dystonia) Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation of the joints due to rheumatism, autoimmune disorders) Infections of the neck skin, for example due to folliculitis, abscesses, cellulitis tumors, such as tumors of the thyroid gland, lymph node tumors, bone tumors, etc. After undergoing surgery and treatment until they are declared cured, it is often true that lymph nodes previously infected with TB will not immediately shrink completely. It takes a longer time, namely up to months, even years, for these lymph nodes to shrink to their original size. However, in general, if the doctor has declared you cured, and you have no other complaints, chances are the lymph node swelling is not dangerous.

It is difficult to know whether the condition you are experiencing is still a normal condition due to anatomical variations, the recovery process after suffering from glandular tuberculosis, or also due to other causes as mentioned above without conducting direct examination. Therefore, you should visit a doctor or a specialist in internal medicine directly for a more in-depth examination, including if necessary an X-ray, ultrasound, and biopsy examination (if there is still a lump in the neck).

At this time, it is recommended that you do not over-massage or press on a neck that appears larger. If the neck that looks enlarged feels pain, first compress it using warm water. Get used to being diligent in exercising and also doing your daily activities (from sleeping to working) with an ergonomic body position so as not to cause your body shape to become asymmetrical.

Hope it helps ..

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