A 35-year-old female asked:
the bone behind my left ear is swollen and very painful like a burning sensation. have a lump where ear meets jaw. could this be a mastoid bone infect?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Bernstein Joel answered
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Unlikely: It is impossible to have a mastoid infection without a middle ear infection. The tendons of the large neck muscles attach on the mastoid bone and you could have either a tendonitis or myositis. The lump where the ear meets the jaw could be the parotid gland tail. See an ENT doctor for a specific diagnosis.
Answered on Aug 26, 2016
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