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Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more


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I have a small, painful lump behind both ear lobes. They dont hurt outright, but they hurt to touch. Is this serious?

I have a small, painful lump behind both ear lobes. They dont hurt outright, but they hurt to touch. Is this serious?

Hard to say: These could be lymph nodes or cysts or infected/clogged follicles or even something else. Since it's bilateral - as in on both sides - lymph nodes are more likely the culprit. To be sure you should seek an in person evaluation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a small, pea sized hard lump behind my ear lobe. Could it be a swollen gland or a cyst?

I have a small, pea sized hard lump behind my ear lobe. Could it be a swollen gland or a cyst?

Either, or: Could be a swollen gland or cyst. Most likely diagnosis is reactive lymph. Should resolve soon. If not, see an ENT doc for exam. ...Read more

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I've got a small, hard, fixed in place lump behind my ear lobe, sort of in line with my mouth. It hurts to touch. Could be a sign of cancer?

I've got a small, hard, fixed in place lump behind my ear lobe, sort of in line with my mouth. It hurts to touch. Could be a sign of cancer?

Level II Lymph Node: What you are describing is a level ii lymph node. These are enlarged when you get a sore throat, and can be enlarged when cancer spreads to them as well. You could also have an infection (that might be red or warm). The fact that it is hard, though, makes it more worrisome for cancer. I would definitely have it checked out. ...Read more

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Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.

Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.

Cyst or lymph node: Either you have a lymph node or more likely an infected sebaceous cyst. Once it pops it will continue to pop. You can try warm compress and meticulous cleaning but it will recur soon or years later. Treatment for the cyst requires cutting it out. It can be done in the office. A general surgeon will have experience with this also plastics and ENT. ...Read more

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Lump behind my right ear lobe, been there for around a month now.. It has shrunken in size I'm pretty sure. I'm 17, Scared to visit the doctors, help!

Lump behind my right ear lobe, been there for around a month now.. It has shrunken in size I'm pretty sure. I'm 17, Scared to visit the doctors, help!

Lymph node: Most likely. You have multiple little lymph nodes behind your ear down your neck, below your hairline, really all over your body. They sometimes get a little bigger when you get any kind of infection, cold, earache, sore throat. They can take awhile to go away, long after the cold is over. They become concerning when large, hard, red, painful etc. sounds like yours is resolving. ...Read more

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urinating dark brown for about 3 weeks now and now I have a very hard tender pea Size lump knot behind my right ear lobe 2 cm in towaRds my spine?

 urinating dark brown for about 3 weeks now and now I have a very hard tender pea Size lump knot behind my right ear lobe 2 cm in  towaRds my spine?

Dark brown urine: is probably blood or bile, and not related to your ear mass. Either blood or bile in urine is abnormal, and could be related to SERIOUS kidney or liver disease. Get to a doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Lump on face near ear lobe, moves slightly, rash behind ear, hurts a bit when touched..Is this serious?

Lump on face near ear lobe, moves slightly, rash behind ear, hurts a bit when touched..Is this serious?

Reactive node: The lump is most likely a reactive lymph node that tends to enlarge from pea sized to bean sized when stimulated by such things as skin rashes/bug bites/viruses &the like. They usually stay enlarged while stimulated &recede when not.Takes 3-4 weeks to settle down. Your doc can confirm this. ...Read more

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Tender lump in crease behind ear right where the lobe connects to cartilage. Is there a node there? Or more likely a cyst?

Tender lump in crease behind ear right where the lobe connects to cartilage. Is there a node there? Or more likely a cyst?

Sebaceous cyst: This is the most common lesion at that location. It may require surgical excision if it gets infected or enlarges. ...Read more

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Tender bump in the crease behind ear lobe, no head. Cyst or boil? Seems to be just under skin surface.

Tender bump in the crease behind ear lobe, no head. Cyst or boil?   Seems to be just under skin surface.

Lymph node?: A lymph node resides in this area synonymous with mononucleosis (mono / kissing disease ) If you are having other symptoms you need to be evaluated, and possibly for lymphoma given your age and other neck pains. ...Read more

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Can I ask my dr to perform partial parotidectmy undr local anesthe?pleomor adenoma less than 2cm behind ear lobe.scared abt general anesth

Can I ask my dr to perform partial parotidectmy undr local anesthe?pleomor adenoma less than 2cm behind ear lobe.scared abt general anesth

You can ask but: You can ask but unlikely. I'd be more worried about surgeon losing concentration with awake patient. Tumor very very close to facial nerve. Risk of facial paralysis. You are safer doing the procedure under general anesthesia than you are driving to the hospital for the procedure. Best bet: Have the procedure done using the protocol that the surgeon is most comfortable with. ...Read more

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What causes itchy white bumps behind ear lobes? I can pop them and the white stuff comes out.

What causes itchy white bumps behind ear lobes? I can pop them and the white stuff comes out.

Sebaceous cysts: Many people have these cysts, which develop in the earlobes and behind the ears. They are oily, containing sebum, and sometimes can get infected. If you're able to express and drain them on your own, I would not be too concerned. If you develop a large one or it becomes infected, then sometimes surgical removal is necessary. ...Read more

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I have a lump behind the lobe on my left ear, it hurts and is not on the surface of the skin..What could this be?

I have a lump behind the lobe on my left ear, it hurts and is not on the surface of the skin..What could this be?

Sebaceous cyst: Sebaceous cysts are benign. The body of the cyst is filled with dead skin cells and oil from the skin’s oil glands. They can be manipulated with the fingers and moved beneath the skin. Sebaceous cysts are painless unless they have become infected or are pressing on a nerve. They can occur anywhere on the body where sebaceous glands are present, including the earlobes where they are not uncommon. ...Read more

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Hard immobile painful lymph node in back of head above hair line and another right behind ear lobe. Both are painful. Possible causes?

Inflammation: Inflammation and or infection can cause painful lymph nodes. Should consult physician for possible antibiotic therapy. If further characterization of nodes necessary ultrasound is useful tool. ...Read more

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I have a lump behind my right jaw bone just below my ear lobe and its kind of painful what could it be?

I have a lump behind my right jaw bone just below my ear lobe and its kind of painful what could it be?

Lymph node or gland: Could be a swollen lymph node or a swollen parotid salivary gland. If it is tender it may be infected and you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Hi i have a lump behind my right ear on the bone and it starts from the top behind my ear lobe to the bottom and its causing headaches amd dizziness?

Hi i have a lump behind my right ear on the bone and it starts from the top behind my ear lobe to the bottom and its causing headaches amd dizziness?

Lump: this may be a lymph node which is usually due to infection or inflammation. It can cause pain but will not cause dizziness. get this checked by your doctor if it persists. ...Read more

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A lump show up behind my left ear in the crease, just before the ear lobe starts, is this a swollen lymph node and should I see a doctor?

A lump show up behind my left ear in the crease, just before the ear lobe starts, is this a swollen lymph node and should I see a doctor?

Possibly: May be any number of things, including a sebaceous cyst, node, folliculitis, etc. Not a bad idea to have it checked out if it doesn't go away on its own. ...Read more