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Doctor insights on: Large Hard Mass On Mastoid Bone No Pain

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Bone (Definition)

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


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Large hard mass on right collar bone with off and on chest pain and neck stiffness?

Large hard mass on right collar bone with off and on chest pain and neck stiffness?

Mass: If this is a new swelling, I would be concerned for an infection. Other possibilities would be bony mass or possible dislocation of clavicle and sternum. ...Read more

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If I have rapid muscle wasting in legs, and a large, hard as bone mass growing in left hip joint, and shortness of breath - urgent care or reg office?

If I have rapid muscle wasting in legs, and a large, hard as bone mass growing in left hip joint, and shortness of breath - urgent care or reg office?

Emergency: Something is causing damage to the nerves going to muscle in your legs, I am surprised the muscles in your legs are "jumping" or "twitching". You need an emergency room ...Read more

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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?

No: A small rubbery node on the mastoid that has not grown in 8 months is no cause for concern. It is probably due to some benign issue with your scalp. It may be as simple as dandruff. ...Read more

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Movable, nontender, firm mass (1cm)above hyoid bone in neck. Have several others in neck same size but the others are fixed. Early 20s?

Movable, nontender, firm mass (1cm)above hyoid bone in neck. Have several others in neck same size but the others are fixed. Early 20s?

Tough to say: They sound like lymph nodes, and if they've been there a Lon time, may be normal for you. They could also represent some sort of inflammatory, infectious, or neoplastic process. Too complex to say for sure, but you primary care could give you a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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?

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

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Mastoid bone on the right side is larger than my left. Is this normal or should I be worried?

Mastoid bone on the right side is larger than my left. Is this normal or should I be worried?

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 than the other. ...Read more

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Which specialist for a 2x6cm hard, swollen and painful mass over my right pubic bone? Duration 6 yrs with increase in size&pain

Which specialist for a 2x6cm hard, swollen and painful mass over my right pubic bone? Duration 6 yrs with increase in size&pain

See your PCP: Just about any clinician would be appropriate for an initial visit. See your primary care provider. Depending on the findings, s/he may then refer you to a surgeon or orthopedist -- but maybe preceded by an Xray, ultrasound, or other imaging study. Good luck! ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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I am healthy. History of mono. No symptoms just palpated a mass underneath the right mastoid process near ramus. Feels hard like a rock and is sore when touched?

I am healthy. History of mono. No symptoms just palpated a mass underneath the right mastoid process near ramus. Feels hard like a rock and is sore when touched?

Lump: Can be many things including a lymph node, the parotid gland or possibly even the process of the second verterbra that can easily be felt if you are thin. Warm compresses and ibuprofen help but see an ENT to check it out ...Read more

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I have a painful dense mass near my mandible area (post-auricular area). It's not hard as bone but it's firm and tender. What could this be?

LN vs EIC: Lymph nodes and sebaceous cysts (eic) may be commonly found in the mastoid area (near the mandible / post auricular). ...Read more

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I am having surgery on my inner right ankle for a 1.4cm mass that's between bone and nerve the nerve might be connected. How big will the incision be.?

I am having surgery on my inner right ankle for a 1.4cm mass that's between bone and nerve the nerve might be connected. How big will the incision be.?

You would: Have to ask the surgeon. If your mass is 1.4 cm I would think the incision would have to be at least that length plus a little bit longer on each side to ensure the entire mass is removed. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have a hard mass, the size of a quarter, an inch down from the collar bone, center of high chest area. It feels tender, like a bruise.?

Uncertain.: Could potentially be a breast mass, abnormal interpectoral lymph node, or possibly hypertrophic arthritic change of the sternoclavicular joint. First step is to see your doctor for an evaluation and next steps. ...Read more

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Hard mass in right breast but also feels lumpy and sore in chest below collar bone, what could this be?

Hard mass in right breast but also feels lumpy and sore in chest below collar bone, what could this be?

Go get it checked ou: You need to check it out with your general practioner or your gyne doc. This needs to be looked at, felt, and examined and possible additional testing needs to be done. This could be a lymph node, inflammatoin, or it could be cancer (not to scare you). Please go get this looked at asap. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can shingles affect the mastoid bone?

Can shingles affect the mastoid bone?

No: Shingles specifically affects nerves and would not cause any issue with our mastoid bone with the exception of 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

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How to increase muscle and bone mass?

How to increase muscle and bone mass?

Restore hormones: Hormones at normal levels and in balance are vital both for bone health and for muscle building. Find a functional medicine doctor locally to help you evaluate and replace them properly by going to a4m.Com and using doctor locator function. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my son has a fractured mastoid bone?

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

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What causes a lymph-node on your mastoid bone to stay enlarged for years?

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