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Enlarged Mastoid Bone
No: No. Enlarged lymph nodes are abnormal. See ENT doc for evaluation, possible biopsy. ...Read more
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
Unlikely: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" lymph for bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. Persistence mandates evaluation. ...Read more
I've had painful enlarged lymph nodes in my neck and over my mastoid bone for over a year. My doctor is trying to evaluate me. Possible causes though?
There are too many: But if this has really been ongoing for a year, a biopsy might be in order. ...Read more
See below: The mastoid process is behind your ear near the lower, back part of your skull. Its purpose is for attachment of facial muscles, primarily those for chewing (mastication), as well as the sternocleidomastoid muscles in your neck. ...Read more
Most likely normal: Mastoid bone is not like other bones, that have regular fixed structure. This 'bone' mostly consists of air sacs, which get air sucked into these from ear, nose and throat region. As you can imagine, the amount of air and fluid, entering these air sacs may vary, based on your medical condition. It is therefore, not surprising that one side of Mastoid may be different from the other. ...Read more
No: Once the bone is removed it smooths over but does not grow back as the mastiod process. ...Read more
Mastoid regrowth: By definition, mastoidectomy is the REMOVAL of much or all of the mastoid bone and the mastoid air cells. The mastoid bone is the insertion of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, seen when turning the head from side to side as the linear muscle mass that defines the lines of the front of the neck. After removal of the mastoid bone, it will not "grow" back in its original form. It will remain absent. ...Read more
No: Shingles specifically affects nerves and would not cause any issue with our mastoid bone except pain in the overlying area. If the pain feels like it is deeper than overlying skin area, if you are having any systemic signs like fever or chills, you may want to consider mastoiditis as a diagnosis instead and should seek medical attention for antibiotics. Hope this helps! ...Read more
If you son sustained: Blunt trauma to the temporal bone or piercing trauma to the ear, take him to a hospital-based Emergency Room immediately where physicians can examine him, obtain needed radiographic studies & call in any surgeons needed, like an ENT specialist &/or neurosurgeon, depending on the findings. Do not delay. The doctors will tell you what needs to be done after they assess & stabilize him. ...Read more
Swollen "node" on mastoid bone. Small (.5 CM or less), stable, firm/rubbery feeling, fixed in place, painless. It has been there 8 months. Worrisome?
Mastoid pain: Greetings. This area is the location where a muscle of the neck attaches to the skull. So muscle tension can cause pain here. The mastoid cavity inside this bone connects to the middle ear space behind your eardrum. So an ear infection can cause pain. At this time, ibuprofen used regularly X 10 days with food can help to reduce pain and inflammation. See your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more
Mastoid bone became swollen and painful to touch 2 days ago. Redness & pain went away overnight. It is still a hard bump though. What is it?
See your doctor: After your doctor has taken a look she will advise if you need dental follow up, biopsy or antibiotics. She will also get a full history to find out if trauma was involved. ...Read more
Pimple size thing on mastoid bone. I can only feel it if I push really hard on the bone or if I kind of "scrape" the skin to try to feel it. What is?
This can not be: Diagnosed without visualization (at minimum)Get a more detailed answer ›
It hurts if pushed and comes and goes. Is behind the ear in the bone. I think that is the mastoid bone? What would cause the pain?
Need more informatio: Without more information it's impossible to answer,. ...Read more
31yr old female healthy no other symptoms hard little knot on mastoid bone behing ear on bone right at hair line for coulpe weeks what is it?
Mastoid Swelling: Hello, the swelling you are describing behind your ear is most probably a benign lymph node. They are very close to the skin surface. It is always a good idea to check with your family doctor for confirmation. Good luck and I hope this helps. ...Read more
Fells like hard little knot on mastoid bone behind ear been there a couple of weeks has not gotten bigger 31 yr old female no other symptoms w c i be?
May be normal: The mastoid tip is a bony protuberance behind the ear. Some people suddenly notice it and think it's abnormal. Is it really a "new" bump? If so have evaluated by your md. ...Read more
Often times this: is a normal variation..none of us are perfectly symmetrical and if you compare the right side of your face to the left, or your right hand to your left, you will see they are different: larger, smaller, different shape, etc. But sometimes the larger size of the mastoid indicates infection that has spread from the ear. Usually there would be significant associated pain. Consult your Doctor with ?'s ...Read more
I have three small bumps on my mastoid bone. (Which I believe is the bone behind your ear) They are immobile and don't hurt. There is no/not much grow?
Need more info: They could be cysts or bone growths. To be sure see your family physician to be sure. Chances from what you describe the "bumps" are in all likelihood benign but must be seen by your physician. ...Read more
My mastoid bones been hurting for a while... My ear is ok, no plane. Trip, I do. Chew. Gum all the time. Could this pain mean something serious?
TMJ dysfunction: The muscles and ligaments that cause your jaw to move are not working smoothly. Stop chewing gum. This is a major source of TMJ dysfunction. Eat softer foods next 2-3 weeks. Apply moist heat to the joint area. Stress plays a big role in triggering TMJ problems. Find activities to help reduce your stress level. See your dentist for more detailed help. ...Read more
I have a rock hard, painless, immobile bump on the lower left side of my head about two inches from my ear(maybe on or by mastoid bone) had it 5 mont?
Consult specialist: You should see an otolaryngologist or neurosurgeon & most likely will need an x-ray study for problem to be correctly diagnosed. Don't wait another 5 months, this could be serious, but hopefully not. ...Read more
Hi I've had really bad hayfever blocked sinus. For weeks. Today I felt sore lump on my mastoid bone now I keep hearing horror storys :(?
Small, soft to touch pea sized lump on mastoid bone behind ear, been present for a couple of years now, mobile and painless. Anything to worry about?
Lymph node: Probably nothing of concern. The differential diagnosis generally would be a reactive lymph node versus an epidermal inclusion cyst. This could be removed to be sure however with growth or changes. An Otolaryngologist would be able to determine this readily on physical exam. ...Read more
Mastoiditis: Please follow up with your health care provider to continue assessment of this issue to see if you will need antibiotics or surgical referral for your issue. ...Read more
I have a small lump the size of an eraser on a regular pencil on teh mastoid bone behind right ear. What could it be?
Lymphadenopathy: Infection is most common cause.Get a more detailed answer ›
Mastoid bone behind my left ear is bigger than the one on the right, been like that for 3 years.It's a little sore, no pain though and I'm not sick.
Mastoid bone: Our body is not symmetric, one leg and arm longer than the other is very common. See an ENT doctor to r/o other possibility. ...Read more
Rock hard, pea sized non tender non movable bump over mastoid bone behind left ear. Been there for 3 months does not change in size? Concern?
Follow: Likely a safe lymph node or if non mobile a small bone. It is tiny and non mobile and does not change. A US may be able to define it further but I'd doesn't sound bad. All the best. ...Read more
I found my mastoid bone bigger on one side. I have allergies and have had ear infection years ago but nothing now. It's not bothering me help!!!!
Stop worrying: Mastoids are often surprisingly asymmetrical. Don't fret about it. ...Read more