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A 29-year-old female asked:

mom has painless lump on her head for long. gp told her it tumor. is tumor easily detectable without test.can it be sebaceous cyst? she has dandruff.

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dermatology 21 years experience
Multiple causes: Lumps under the skin in the scalp can have multiple causes including pilar cysts, sebaceous or epidermal inclusion cysts, lipomas, lymph nodes or other growth. You often cannot be certain what it is without taking a sample. Have the area evaluated by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist for removal and analysis by a dermatopathologist.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Hard to tell: Dandruff unrelated they may order a ct or mri or simply go to biopsy.

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