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A 46-year-old female asked:

I have a hard lump like knot on the back of my neck. maybe even on the spine. had small knot there for years but never hurt. sore to even touch now?

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 44 years experience
Infected cyst??: Sounds like you might have had a sebaceous cyst which got infected, hence it is harder and tender now. These are benign swellings in the skin occurring near a hair. See your doc/surgeon about it for proper DX and treatment.

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