Hump behind the shoulders is a lump of fat on the back of the neck.
A hump behind the shoulders by itself is not a sign of any one, specific condition. The doctor must consider this along with other symptoms and test results.
If the hump is caused by a certain medicine, your doctor may tell you to stop taking the drug or change your dosage. Never stop taking any medicine without first talking to your doctor.
Diet and exercise can help you to lose weight and may relieve some humps due to extreme obesity.
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have an unexplained hump behind the shoulders.
Your doctor will perform a physical examination and ask questions about your medical history and symptoms. Questions may include:
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
Treatment will be aimed at the problem that caused the fat to develop in the first place.
Buffalo hump; Dorsocervical fat pad
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Updated by: Nancy J. Rennert, M.D., Chief of Endocrinology & Diabetes, Norwalk Hospital, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine,Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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