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neck abscess

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  • Posted By: donna710
  • September 28, 2009
  • 04:11 PM

I noticed a lump on the left side of my neck last November. My primary doctor put me thru a battery of tests (xray, c-scan with dye contrast) and basically told me I had cancer. Well, I went to an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor who took another approach. She drained the abscess, biopsied the cells - found nothing - and put me on antibiotics. This continued for 6 months until last June when ENT doctor decided to operate. When she opened me up she found a deep neck muscle abscess and cleared out the infection. Then more antibiotics. The abscess came back and put me in the ER in July and was drained again. Then I was put on another antibiotic. That one worked and the abscess went away...until 2 weeks ago. The lump is back. I've scheduled an appointment with an Infectious Disease doctor this time. I don't understand where this is coming from or why it came back. Any advice?

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  • What kind of bacteria is growing? Is it MRSA? And do you use a cell phone?
    kermworm 81 Replies
    • September 29, 2009
    • 02:58 PM
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  • What kind of bacteria is growing? Is it MRSA? And do you use a cell phone? all of the past biopsies and cultures have come back that it's just "body fluid and infection". No real name has been given to it. I do use a cell phone and usually with my left ear. I've thought about that too! I go today for a cat scan with dye contrast and I had blood tests done again. So we'll see.
    donna710 1 Replies
    • September 30, 2009
    • 11:36 AM
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