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A 35-year-old female asked:

My 9 year old son has lumps behind his head and neck,his full blood count came back normal.so what could be causing his lumps.

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Need to see MD: you need to bring him to see pediatrician. swollen lymph glands can be caused by different things- infection- bacterial, viral, TB etc- , inflammation, malignancy, etc. he needs to get further testing. antibiotic trial is usually given. if that does not help and lumps remain or get bigger- a biopsy should be done.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Normal: . As long as he's not having other symptoms such as weight loss, night sweats or fevers, I would give it a bit more. Tell yourself if not smaller by Labor day you'll have it checked out further. Causes can be viral (like mono), ANY scalp irritation such as bug bites, sores, dandruff, infected hair follicles...
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho commented
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
while it could be normal, however the fact that you live in south Africa , certain conditions like TB for instance is quite common and still an endemic in certain areas- and it is something should be considered especially if there is evidence of exposure and the lumps do not go away.
Jul 11, 2014
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes commented
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Provided original answer
Absolutely agree with Dr. Ho. That's why I said wait only if no other symptoms and to have it checked out further in 6-8 weeks if not improving...
Jul 11, 2014

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