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A 25-year-old male asked:

i have a small bump on the back of my neck near where the spine starts. it's like a little pimple and hard but is not red. could it be a node?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Possibly but likely: In this location it could be a lymph node or it could be a sebaceous cyst or hair cyst, .
Dr. Mark Burke
Dr. Mark Burke commented
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
It would be unlikely to have an enlarged lymph node in the midline of the back of your neck. Wash the area carefully and if it persists for more than a few weeks or if it continues to enlarge see a doctor. Many different surgeons would likely be able to help you at least initially. A Plastic, Head & Neck or ENT Surgeon, as well as a dermatologist would all be appropriate for initial evaluation.
Dec 8, 2013
Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
Your PCP can evaluate it initially and refer you to the appropriate specialists.
Dec 8, 2013
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Lymph nodes: Am supposing that is what you mean. Yes, it could be a lymph node, or any of a dozen or more other things. Go and get this looked at by a professional if it persists and bothers you. Good luck.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
probably a normal spine
Dec 9, 2013

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