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Hard lump discovered 2 wks ago behind ear. Dr said if not gone in 4 wks then biopsy. Should I wait on biopsy longer than that if no other symptoms?

Hard lump discovered 2 wks ago behind ear. Dr said if not gone in 4 wks then biopsy. Should I wait on biopsy longer than that if no other symptoms?

Your call: If it is stable, and not painful, it is very unlikely to be anything beyond a bit of scar (quite firm ) or a piece of mastoid process (bone hard) or a benign inclusion cyst (sort of firm and smooth). Full information before you allow biopsy and consider imaging first -- there is an important nerve nearby. ...Read more

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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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I'm 27 and just diagnosed with hashi's. My biopsy for a nodule gave inconclusive results. I have slight ear and chest pain. Should i be concerned?

I'm 27 and just diagnosed with hashi's.  My biopsy for a nodule gave inconclusive results.  I have slight ear and chest pain. Should i be concerned?

Not the thyoid: If you have hashimotos, it is common to have a nodule, and the bx would likely be inconclusive. Don't worry about it. You may become hypothyroid some day. The ear and chest pain probably has nothing to do with the thyroid. Get the chest pain checked out but it could be anxiety. ...Read more

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Firm lymph node on neck below ear and dr said i need to get a biopsy and that ultrasound wouldn't help. why? said location is difficult to evaluate. ?

Firm lymph node on neck below ear and dr said i need to get a biopsy and that ultrasound wouldn't help. why? said location is difficult to evaluate. ?

Neck mass: Neck masses often need biopsy for complete evaluation. Most of the ties they are not a cause of alarm, but sometimes other more important illness can be diagnosed by it. Get your needle biopsy with your physician. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have been tested for 2 lymph nodes. 1 on my neck b/h ear, other in Rh armpit. What are lymph nodes & are they dangerous? Had biopsy's awaiting result

I have been tested for 2 lymph nodes. 1 on my neck b/h ear, other in Rh armpit. What are lymph nodes & are they dangerous? Had biopsy's awaiting result

Swollen lymph node: Enlargement of lymph node can be caused by many things like infection, inflammation, trauma, autoimmune condition, malignancy etc. It could be single, multiple, painful, painless. Wait for your biopsy result and discuss further with your doctor. ...Read more

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Quarter size lump on my face in front of the ear that i had removed, it was biopsied and they found cancer. Now 2 weeks later large lump under arm?

Quarter size lump on my face in front of the ear that i had removed, it was biopsied  and they found cancer. Now 2 weeks later large lump under arm?

See physician ASAP: This area should be evaluated by the physician who performed the surgery as soon as possible. It may or may not be realated to the facial tumor, but with the diagnosis of a cancer on the face you should not wait to have an examination. ...Read more

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I have a hard swollen lymph on my neck below my ear. My biopsy result says 'reactive lymphadenitis'. Is it necessary to get medical treatment ?

I have a hard swollen lymph on my neck below my ear. My biopsy result says 'reactive lymphadenitis'. Is it necessary to get medical treatment ?

Yes: Reactive lymphadenitis means that your immune system was fighting something and the node was activated. Unfortunately it did not calm down or became clogged. Try warm compresses on it. If that doesn't work you may benefit from an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Without ANA Test or Skin Biopsy for DLE in Ears with Urine and Complete Blood being Normal, could SLE be found at this point without ANA and Biopsy?

Without ANA Test or Skin Biopsy for DLE in Ears with Urine and Complete Blood being Normal, could SLE be found at this point without ANA and Biopsy?

No: If someone told me about discoid lupus confined to the ears, I would wonder whether this isn't really seborrheic dermatitis. Systemic lupus is diagnosed on clinical criteria. What you have shared doesn't even approach what you need. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a lesion between brows , biopsy came back lichen planus sclerosing ?Now draining like a cyst.Head is dizzying pain even in sleep, ears get red?!

I have a lesion between brows , biopsy came back lichen planus sclerosing ?Now draining like a cyst.Head is dizzying pain even in sleep, ears get red?!

Your skin: Lesion probably has nothing to do with your other symptoms, so see your doctor to look for other causes of these symptoms. Local drainage might be just normal healing. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged lymph node behind ear that the doctor wants to biopsy. Incidentally, my TSH is also mildly elevated (5.01). Could this be related?

I have an enlarged lymph node behind ear that the doctor wants to biopsy. Incidentally, my TSH is also mildly elevated (5.01). Could this be related?

Enlarged node: It is accepted practice to biopsy an enlarged lymph node that was recently noted and hasn't receded after an observation period of a couple of weeks or more. Mild elevation of the tsh would raise the suspicion of hypothyroidism but I doubt any relationship to an enlarged lymph node behind the ear. Other thyroid parameters can be done to look for an underactive thyroid gland. ...Read more

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How long could it usually take for DLE(if at all)to develop into SLE?.Blood test and urine OK.Biopsy soon.red patch in ears and scalp steroid working.

How long could it usually take for DLE(if at all)to develop into SLE?.Blood test and urine OK.Biopsy soon.red patch in ears and scalp steroid working.

It usually doesn't: If you feel well, and the labs aren't worrisome with any of the specific antibodies characteristic of systemic lupus, you'll probably only have to worry about the discoid lesions which -- if that's really what it is -- can be troublesome enough. Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

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Female went to hospital dermatologist suspect DLE in both ears and face worried scar in biopsy biopsy to rule out SLE are other procedures available?

Biopsy more definite: A biopsy provides the best means to provide a diagnosis. On the other hand, you may ask your derm if he can just treat the skin topically. SLE is diagnosed by clinical and blood test findings and the skin biopsy is not usually needed. ...Read more