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A member asked:

swollen golf ball sized lump on back of daughters neck. right below hairline. center...not off center.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Prominent vertebrae: In that location it would most likely be the dorsal or back extension of a spinal vertebrae. These can be quite noticeable in some kids depending on how they are built, and do not necessarily mean anything bad. If it bothers her or you, have her doc look at it.
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Needs exam: There are limited diagnoses related to a midline mass over the cervical spine and appearance, symptoms and onset are all helpful in making a diagnosis. A lipoma is a.benign fatty tumor and not uncommon, but other possibilities would include dermoid cyst or myelocele, or if red and painful, an abscess can occur anywhere. Please have this evaluated.

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Last updated Feb 29, 2020

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