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A 24-year-old male asked:

I have a lump behind right ear for 1 year. ent described it as a bony mass and recommended biopsy. i declined as hadn't grown much. right decision?

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Dr. Murray Grossan
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Bony Mass: If this is associated with hearing loss, I STRONGLY recommend a CT scan to see if there is an infection or growth affecting your hearing.
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 27 years experience
Probably: But would need more info. There are bony prominences behind the ear that are normal. Though I'm not sure why ENT would want to biopsy those. If this is a different mass then biopsy would confirm a diagnosis for you. Have you had any imaging. Often a simple X-ray or Ultrasound can help diagnose these. Stability ( no change) over a year is a good sign that it's benign ( but no guarantee )
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Dr. Karen Butler
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Well: Best to fill low the recommendation of your doctor since it seems to have grown. Reconsider your decision and go back to doctor
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Last updated May 1, 2017

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