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My 9 year old son has two painless hard lumps on his skull behind his ear, no other symptoms and seems not to be caused by an infection?

My 9 year old son has two painless hard lumps on his skull behind his ear, no other symptoms and seems not to be caused by an infection?

Mgt: I would recommend an evaluation with dermatology. There are pediatric conditions which may cause these findings. Does he have any skin rashes or lesions? Is he developing and growing normally? ...Read more

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I can feel this lump at the base of my skull on the right. I've been able to feel it for a couple of weeks but it hasn't caused any pain whatsoever.?

I can feel this lump at the base of my skull on the right. I've been able to feel it for a couple of weeks but it hasn't caused any pain whatsoever.?

Lymph node: It is likely a lymph node. Check it about once a month and if it does not get bigger, do not worry. Cervical lymph nodes may become palpable for reason as simple as dandruff. Wash your scalp frequently, daily shampoo will be okay. ...Read more

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I have 2 lumps that my barber noticed on the back of my head. They are painless. Can the skull change shape as we age?

I have 2 lumps that my barber noticed on the back of my head. They are painless. Can the skull change shape as we age?

Not really: But we may NOTICE "bumps" we have never felt before! If these bumps are BONY not to worry! If softer they may be lymph glands and these drain the scalp so your barber usually will notice any sores or inflammation on your scalp!
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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It has to do with migraines. Can or do they cause lumps on your skull, I've notice since my migraines started over the years the middle of my head has?

It has to do with migraines. Can or do they cause lumps on your skull, I've notice since my migraines started over the years the middle of my head has?

Lumps: I don't believe migraines will cause lumps on your skull. Visit a dermatologist to determine if those lumps are sebaceous cysts. ...Read more

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Hello, I found a little lump on left side of back of my head, it seems connected to skull, its painless and skin moves freely over it, im so concerned?

Hello, I found a little lump on left side of back of my head, it seems connected to skull, its painless and skin moves freely over it, im so concerned?

Usually is: Lymph nodes are located throughout the body ; generally noticable in exposed areas like the neck. They are usually pea sized at rest and enlarged when stimulated by bug bites, dermatitis, drainage or infection. They rarely can become damaged by infection ; grow to golf ball size ; need drainage or removal. Most enlarge and later shrink back down within a 3 wk cycle unless chronically stimulated. ...Read more

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Smooth oval Lump, 10x15mm, 3mm thick, appeared on the side of my skull. Lump is IMMOBILE & hard, feel like bone. Was not there 1 week ago. No Pain.

Smooth oval Lump, 10x15mm, 3mm thick, appeared on the side of my skull. Lump is IMMOBILE & hard, feel like bone. Was not there 1 week ago. No Pain.

New finding: Since it seems to have just arose. See doctor for evaluation. Make sure to give a good history. Like any trauma? Seems a little odd to have new onset of a hard boney lesion??? ...Read more

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I have two painless lumps in the back of my head at base of skull. Started with one small one, then a bigger one right below. Should I be concerned?

I have two painless lumps in the back of my head at base of skull. Started with one small one, then a bigger one right below. Should I be concerned?

Need evaluation: Lumps in this area can be infections, fatty tumors, enlarged lymph glands, or sometimes cancerous. Please have your internist check them out. ...Read more

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I have a pea/marble sized lump on the back of my skull above my neck. It's painless and I've already had it checked but feel like it's gotten bigger?

I have a pea/marble sized lump on the back of my skull above my neck. It's painless and I've already had it checked but feel like it's gotten bigger?

Lymph node: You might be describing occipital lymph nodes which drain the scalp. They could get enlarged if you have any sores or infection of your scalp. Usually not a cause of worry unless it persists without evidence of infection/irritation. ...Read more

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I have a small lump on the left side of my skull; no pain, no discoloration, haven't bumped it, no pimple, been there for a few weeks. What can it be?

I have a small lump on the left side of my skull; no pain, no discoloration, haven't bumped it, no pimple, been there for a few weeks. What can it be?

Cyst: Probably a sceaceous cyst which is benign but can grow large. Its best to see your doctor cysts of this nature are easily removed in the office with just some local and a stitch or two. ...Read more

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I have a small lump underneathe my skin on my skull I'm scared to death it is cancer! What could cause this?

Pilar Cyst: The most common scalp mass is a pilar cyst (also called an inclusion cyst or sebaceous cyst). These develop when an oil gland duct next to a hair follicle is blocked, leading to the accumulation of material under the scalp. These are easily removed under local anesthesia, if one desires. Best to see your primary care doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a large grape sized hard bony, immovable lump on the back of my skull, no pain and only recently formed?

Calcified lesion?: The description and quick evolution of this lesion suggests a benign calcified skin appendage tumor or cyst, such as "pilomatricoma". See a dermatologist to have the lesion removed and examined by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Hi I have a hard bony immovable, painless lump about the size of a large grape which has recently appeared on back of skull?

Hi I have a hard bony immovable, painless lump about the size of a large grape which has recently appeared on back of skull?

Get it checked: Out asap. It is less likely to be a bone tumor but more likely related to lymph node, which could be as significant as a lymphoma. Although this is a less typical location. Get it eval by your PCP and you may also need an excision biopsy. ...Read more

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Noticed a small lima bean shaped lump on the base of my skull on the back of my neck on the left side. No pain or any symptoms.

Ok: Could be a cyst. If it is painless I would follow up with the doctor to see what the best imaging test is indicated. If it's just a cyst you may not need any testing this observation. ...Read more

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My girlfriend (no medical history) has a small lump on side of head (skull) the lump is hard but painless she just noticed any ideas?

My girlfriend (no medical history) has a small lump on side of head (skull) the lump is hard but painless she just noticed any ideas?

Lump on head: It is likely a sebaceous cyst. To be sure she needs to be evaluated by her doctor. If it is a cyst then can be removed quite easily if desired. ...Read more

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Iv had a lump at the bottom of my head on the skull for a while now should I go see my doctor. What is it and what causes it?

Iv had a lump at the bottom of my head on the skull for a while now should I go see my doctor. What is it and what causes it?

May be normal bone: If it's at the very back of your head, directly in the midline, it's probably a normal bony lump called the external occipital protuberance. Sometimes it takes people many years to discover they have this. If it's clearly to the right or left it may be a lymph node, and if getting bigger, should be checked out. ...Read more

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I have had a small lump/bone now in the back of my head where the skull dips in, it is painless to touch and it hasn't grown at all, healthy 19 male?

I have had a small lump/bone now in the back of my head where the skull dips in, it is painless to touch and it hasn't grown at all, healthy 19 male?

Occipital skull: This is a normal part of the skull anatomy. Sometimes there is a protuberance of the skull where the muscles from the neck inset. This can lead to a lump of bone. No need to worry. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause a lump on the top of my skull?

Sinus infection: Only if over the forehead. Check for a cyst or other problem if on the top of the head. ...Read more

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What could cause a swelling at the back of my head at the base of my skull, and painful lump under my jaw?

What could cause a swelling at the back of my head at the base of my skull, and painful lump under my jaw?

Most lumps, benign: Don't start worrying. The majority of small bumps on your head would be benign (not cancer). Lumps that can be tender are cysts, lymph nodes and less likely lipomas. Still, hard to evaluate it over the net. See your primary md who can take a good history and examen you.

Given your presentation it sounds more like lymph nodes. You want to make sure its nothing scary ...Read more

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Hard almost immobile lump behind ear on skull bone around 1cm size. Painless unless touched. Worried of malignancy. Male 19. What is it?

Hard almost immobile lump behind ear on skull bone around 1cm size. Painless unless touched. Worried of malignancy. Male 19. What is it?

Cyst: Most likely a benign (not cancer) cyst. Don't worry. To be sure, have a doctor see it. Primary care is fine. No hurry unless growing or painful. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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