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Your Severe Neck Swelling May Also be Known as:
Base of skull extremely swollen
Base of skull severely swollen
Base of skull unbearably swollen
Extreme base of skull puffiness
Extreme base of skull swelling
Extreme neck puffiness
Extreme neck swelling
Neck extremely swollen
Neck severely swollen
Neck unbearably swollen

Top 2 Severe Neck Swelling Causes

  1. 1.Retropharyngeal Abscess (Adult)

    Retropharyngeal abscess is a collection of pus in the tissues in the back of the throat. It is a potentially life-threatening medical condition.

    This is a medical emergency. Please seek out urgent care at your closest Emergency Department today. Diagnosis is done with imaging. Treatment is immediate surgical drainage and antibiotics.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, loss of appetite, sore throat, being severely ill, shortness of breath
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  2. 2.Acute Thyroiditis

    Acute thyroiditis is a rare inflammation of the thyroid gland caused by an infection, radiation, medication, or trauma.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER. This is possibly a medical emergency and requires immediate diagnosis (thyroid function tests, blood tests, and imaging) and treatment (antibiotics, supportive care, stopping causative drugs).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, being severely ill, sore throat, hoarse voice, neck pain
    Symptoms that always occur with acute thyroiditis:
    pain in the front of the neck
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Neck Swelling

  • Q.Is your neck swelling getting better or worse?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.How long has your neck been swollen?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our severe neck swelling symptom checker.

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Severe Neck Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced severe neck swelling have also experienced:

    • 11% Severe Jaw Pain
    • 11% Severe Scalp Pain
    • 11% Severe Fatigue
  • People who have experienced severe neck swelling had symptoms persist for:

    • 34% Less Than a Week
    • 26% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced severe neck swelling were most often matched with:

    • 25% Retropharyngeal Abscess (Adult)
    • 25% Acute Thyroiditis

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