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Small pea size solid lump on nape area of head?

Uncertain: Please discuss concerns with physician. It is not possible to determine what the lump is without an exam. ...Read more

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Neck Mass (Definition)

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Squishy moveable lump on lower neck where my neck meets my shoulder. Doesn't hurt, on left side. Size of pea maybe. Should I be concerned?

Squishy moveable lump on lower neck where my neck meets my shoulder. Doesn't hurt, on left side. Size of pea maybe. Should I be concerned?

Yes, see a doctor: You should have this evaluated. It could be a lymph node or possible a mass. It may also be related to an infection. ...Read more

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I have two small hard unmovable and painless lumps on each upper thighs. A similar lump on left hip. Huge lum. behind stomach fat. Hurts when pressed?

I have two small hard unmovable and painless lumps on each upper thighs. A similar lump on left hip. Huge lum. behind stomach fat. Hurts when pressed?

Lipoma: Sounds like they may be lipomas which are benign encapsulated accumulations of fat. Many people have them and they do not require any intervention unless they are so large they are cosmetically unappealing or pressing on a nerve and causing pain. An examination by your provider can confirm this is the case. Very rarely is any additional testing needed to make this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What could have caused a pea size movable lump on collar bone and neck?

What could have caused a pea size movable lump on collar bone and neck?

Sounds like an enl--: Arged lymph node, from either an infection in the mouth, tonsils, tongue area; thyroid; chest infections or lesions in the lung. See your pcp to get evaluated with labs. Removal of the ln for biopsy would be best way to get the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hard immovable lump where top of neck and base of skull meet along the hairline (occipital lymph node?); itchy scalp; swollen lymph nodes on neck

Hard immovable lump where top of neck and base of skull meet along the hairline (occipital lymph node?); itchy scalp; swollen lymph nodes on neck

Don't worry: It's common at age 16 to have enlarged lymph nodes- you have an active immune system. The lymph nodes at the base of your skull in back are occipital lymph nodes. They get big from viral infections, particularly mononucleosis. If these wax and wane in size, don't worry. If they stay big, see a doctor. Rarely 16-year-olds get lymphoma. I don't think your itchy scalp is related; dandruff? ...Read more

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Hard dime sized lump on head could it be cancer?

Hard dime sized lump on head could it be cancer?

Depends: It can be but doesn't have to be. Please see your doctor for an exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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Swollen golf ball sized lump on back of daughters neck. right below hairline. center...not off center.

Swollen golf ball sized lump on back of daughters neck. right below hairline. center...not off center.

Needs exam: There are limited diagnoses related to a midline mass over the cervical spine and appearance, symptoms and onset are all helpful in making a diagnosis. A lipoma is a.benign fatty tumor and not uncommon, but other possibilities would include Dermody cyst or myelocele, or if re and painful, an abscess can occur anywhere. Please have this evaluated. ...Read more

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Lump on neck right side, harmless?

Lump on neck right side, harmless?

Depends: If its been there only a short time and hasn't changed in size, probably harmless. If enlarging and chronic, that would be more concerning and worth a doctor visit. ...Read more

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Recurring small hard bump on back of neck...could it be a swollen or inflamed lymph node?

Recurring small hard bump on back of neck...could it be a swollen or inflamed lymph node?

Yes: However this needs t be examined both when it is swollen and when it comes back. Your other listed conditions could point to other causes besides infection and labs may be needed. ...Read more

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Lump on Left side of neck.

Lump on Left side of neck.

Neck mass: A mass on the neck could be many things without more details. If it is in the skin, it could be a cyst. If it is deeper, it could be associated with the muscles, lymphatics, or vascular structures. Other structures that can develop masses would include the parotid or submandibular glands, as well as the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Hard lump on left side of head a cyst?

Hard lump on left side of head a cyst?

Sebacous cyst: Yes it is what we called sebaceous cyst which is a oil gland cyst leave it alone try not to squeezed it other wise might get infected very binign. ...Read more

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I found a mass the size of a thumbprint that's firm/bony &very tender to the touch. It's on the left side ear level. Below it, sore node on back neck?

I found a mass the size of a thumbprint that's firm/bony &very tender to the touch. It's on the left side ear level. Below it, sore node on back neck?

Exam needed: I recommend that you have a physician examine this mass. Even if it appears to be an enlarged lymph node it should be reexamined in a week or two to assure that it has receded in size and if it hasn't, further evaluation by biopsy may be advised in order to rule out malignancy. Reexamination is also important to ensure that other masses have not appeared. ...Read more

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I've had swollen lymph node on right side of neck-pea size, harder node behind right ear and hard lump-large marble-base of skull for 1yr.Comp?Cancer?

I've had swollen lymph node on right side of neck-pea size, harder node behind right ear and hard lump-large marble-base of skull for 1yr.Comp?Cancer?

Mastoid process v LN: It's possible you're feeling your own mastoid process -which is a normal boney nodule right behind the ear. Check both sides of your head to see if it's symmetrical -if so, that's what it is. If these are 'asymmetric' findings you should have a physical exam by a doctor who can explain these findings. I would want to know more about your medical condition and risks for cancer, so schedule w/ an MD ...Read more

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Pea size hard lump on the inside of my left arm?

Pea size hard lump on the inside of my left arm?

Have it evaluated: The possibilities are virtually endless. The easiest thing to is have a doctor look at it. ...Read more

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Small hard lump under left jaw, sore throat on left too. Lump doesn't hurt or move around.

It may be an: inflamed lymph node. Your doctor would be able to confirm diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more

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Low energy, large lump in neck, weight gain?

Check thyroid: One possible cause of the symptoms you mention would be an underactive thyroid. Simple blood tests can screen for this. ...Read more

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Large lump in neck bothers &gets sore occasionally now I have swollen areas on my head, poor vision headache, chest pains abdomen pain more symptoms?

Large lump in neck bothers &gets sore occasionally now I have swollen areas on my head, poor vision headache, chest pains abdomen pain more symptoms?

Sounds serious: You need to see a head and neck surgeon asap to make sure that it is not cancer! best luck to you and let me know how things turn out! ...Read more

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I have a large lump on my neck near my collerbone which is painful an appeared suddenly, my neck is also stiff an sore what could this be?

I have a large lump on my neck near my collerbone which is painful an appeared suddenly, my neck is also stiff an sore what could this be?

Lymph node: Probably a painful and swollen lymph node. I would watch it and if it gets larger may want to seek medical attention. Painless masses or lymph nodes are a bit more worrisome. ...Read more

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My 6 yr old is 2 weeks post-op tonsillectomy. She has a Throat infection and a large lump on her neck. What could this be?

My 6 yr old is 2 weeks post-op tonsillectomy.  She has a Throat infection and a large lump on her neck. What could this be?

See her MD: This could be an abscess that has formed or old clotted blood in the area beneath the tissues. Its best for her to return to her ENT who performed the surgery ASAP Any difficulty swallowing or drooling should go straight to the ER ...Read more

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My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

See a dermatologist: You may have an enlarged lymph node as reaction to an inflamed cyst. Antibiotic therapy may not be effective, drainage or removal of the cyst may be the best treatment. First get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Large hard lump on my neck/above the collerbone, burning an painful, itchy appeared 2days ago what could it be possibly? Is it serious?

Large hard lump on my neck/above the collerbone, burning an painful, itchy appeared 2days ago what could it be possibly? Is it serious?

See a doctor : Large lumps that occur suddenly always should be checked out by a doctor. Most "lumps" are not serious but some are. Your doctor will determine if further tests are needed. ...Read more

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Large lump at back of neck, right near the skull. Feels like a bone, but wasnt there before. It doesn't hurt when i press on it. Is this normal?

Need an Exam: You have demonstrated such worry about this that i feel it is time to only advise you to get to your physician and have an expert evaluate what is bothering you so much. ...Read more

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Large cyst like lump in neck under ear near jaw. It moves to touch. Related to allergies or cold? What is it?

Large cyst like lump in neck under ear near jaw.  It moves to touch. Related to allergies or cold?  What is it?

See a doctor.: In the area you mentioned, it could be a parotid gland problem. At your age it could be a blocked salivary duct. It could also be something more serious, so go to your primary care physician. ...Read more

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I have hard big lump on neck behind ear?

I have hard big lump on neck behind ear?

See Head & Neck doc.: Possible lymph node vs. parotid gland mass other rare cause. Enlarged nodes from 1) normal response to inflammation 2) lymph node cancer 3) regional cancer moved to lymph node 4) weird infections. Parotid masses usuallu require surgery but 80% are benign. If this has been present for more than a few weeks please see a doc experienced in head and neck disease. Usually a Plastic Surgeon or ENT. ...Read more

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Lump on neck, lump on back of tongue, white spot on tonsil, red dots on tongue (look like large paepelle), white coating on tongue, ear/throat pain.

Lump on neck, lump on back of tongue, white spot on tonsil, red dots on tongue (look like large paepelle), white coating on tongue, ear/throat pain.

Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is "super sore", recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat infections can occur along with tongue and ear symptoms. ...Read more

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Lump on neck right side, harmless?

Depends: If its been there only a short time and hasn't changed in size, probably harmless. If enlarging and chronic, that would be more concerning and worth a doctor visit. ...Read more

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What to do about a painless hard lump on neck?

What to do about a painless hard lump on neck?

Have it checked: Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things ranging from from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous tumors) to serious things like cancer. Any neck lumps in someone who smokes are especially worrisome and should be checked by a physician. See your doctor so he/she can do an exam and recommend a specialist if needed (like an ENT doctor). ...Read more

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Can feel tiny lump on neck right side, can feel it feel only when i press hard on it. Is it bad?

Can feel tiny lump on neck right side, can feel it feel only when i press hard on it. Is it bad?

Neck lump: lymph nodes are commonly found in the neck to be enlarged when fighting an infection. Lumps that are changing should be evbaluated ...Read more

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How to treat muscular lump on neck?

Needs evaluation: A lump may or may not be muscular. Lumps always need consideration for a biopsy because rarely this can be a tumor and I have even seen a muscle tumor due to the muscle swelling in the neck. Your physician will need to evaluate you and decide the best course. ...Read more

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The lump on neck changes in size often. Thinking it's a trigger point? Thoughts?

It depends: A trigger point is the presence of tiny knots along a muscle fiber and when pressed may causes severe pain (jump sign). If you are saying a non painful lump on your neck and there is no limitation on your range of motion. It is unlikely to be a trigger point. Have it checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Lump on neck lymph node, what is it?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like 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. ...Read more