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Dr. Holly Maes
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Bone Scintigraphy (Definition)

Bone scintigraphy ( or radionuclide bone scan) is the study of bone metabolism obtained after intravenous injection of a weakly radioactive material ( usually 99mtc-mdp) which concentrates into the bones. The scan is usually obtained 3-4 hours after the injection of the radiotracer. According to the symptoms, the scan can be localized to one site or it can be a whole-body scan, ...Read more


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Hit on head 2 days ago by piece of metal, have awful headache/lump on head and just woken up with pain behind right ear below the bone. Help?

Hit on head 2 days ago by piece of metal, have awful headache/lump on head and just woken up with pain behind right ear below the bone. Help?

Get evaluated: I would highly recommend going and getting evaluated with imaging to rule out a brain bleed with or without skull fracture. These can be rather insidious and come on slowly and then very suddenly and sometimes even cause death if not treated in a timely manner. Time is of the essence. ...Read more

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My 10 week old has grape sized hard lump behind right ear along occipital bone that seems to have grown. No pain or any symptoms, what could this be?

My 10 week old has grape sized hard lump behind right ear along occipital bone that seems to have grown.  No pain or any symptoms, what could this be?

Ear infection: Many ear infections can be associated with lymph node enlargement, but the placement of this swelling can be the start of a mastoid bone inflammation or infection. Make sure you have the pediatrician look at this immediately ...Read more

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My ten year old son has a painful bump on bone right behind right ear. It is not red or bruised. Should I take him to ER?

My ten year old son has a painful bump on bone right behind right ear. It is not red or bruised. Should I take him to ER?

Lymph node: This is likely an inflamed lymph node and being tender is a good sign. He must be fighting an infection. Observe, drink plenty of water and see if goes away. After it has done its job. ...Read more

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Bone behind right ear is more prominent then behind left ear. No pain. Is this type of asymmetry normal?

Bone behind right ear is more prominent then behind left ear. No pain. Is this type of asymmetry normal?

Asymmetry is normal: Asymmetry is normal but. Without an examination can't tell to what degree of asymmetry there is. Best to see your PCP for exam and evaluation ...Read more

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I had a lower right molar removed about a week ago. Now I have ear, throat, and jaw pain. Also, a knot has popped up on skull bone behind right ear?

I had a lower right molar removed about a week ago.  Now I have ear, throat, and jaw pain.  Also, a knot has popped up on skull bone behind right ear?

Oral Surgeon: Get to the Oral Surgeon right away. If they did not do the extraction, see your Dentist who did and get immediate referral to the Oral Surgeon. Explain about having pain and mastoid swelling. Good Luck. Do not wait. ...Read more

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Hard swollen gland or lump behind right ear for about 4/5 months now. only on one side, and only slightly swollen. ?

Hard swollen gland or lump behind right ear for about 4/5 months now. only on one side, and only slightly swollen. ?

Ans: Possibly a lymph node. Once inflamed takes several months to resolve. Keep an eye on and see if it is getting small. If gets larger or does not go away in 6 to 8 mo. See your doctor ...Read more

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Can ur bone behind ur right ear be larger the the bone behind the left? Is this normal? I do have a small pea size cyst behind right ear.

Mastoid bone: The bone behind that ear is the mastoid bone. It commonly has many air cells that communicate with the middle ear. If there is no redness, pain or tenderness to the touch and you ear drum and hearing are normal, it is possible that there may an asymmetry of the size of the mastoid bone. See an ENT doctor is you are concerned. ...Read more

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Hard painless lump behind right ear. What could this be?

Hard painless lump behind right ear. What could this be?

Need exam: Can't tell from here. You need to see a doctor as this could be a problem needing attention. ...Read more

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Hard lump behind right ear. Right ear sticks out further them left ear.

Hard lump behind right ear. Right ear sticks out further them left ear.

Probable node: Could be a lymph node or salivary gland tumor pushing the ear forward. If there is fever, tenderness pain and swelling behind the ear, hearing loss, ear drainage i would be concerned about infection in the mastoid bone which needs urgent assessment. If these latter symptoms then needs urgent attention. If not and the bump persists>2-3 weeks then see ent. ...Read more

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My two year old has a lump behind right ear no pain should I be worried?

My two year old has a lump behind right ear no pain should I be worried?

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

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Ny baby has a small loose pea shape lump behind right ear under skin. She is healthy overall. Curious.?

Ny baby has a small loose pea shape lump behind right ear under skin. She is healthy overall. Curious.?

Lymph node: This is most likely a normal lymph node. There are dozens located at different sites around the head & neck & noticed because they are not buried deep in tissues or muscles like they are in the rest of the body. When stimulated by bug bites, skin irritation, vaccines or various infections they will enlarge for several weeks before returning to their resting size. ...Read more

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Lump behind right ear, red, hurts when I poke it. Is it safe to sleep tonight?

Lump behind right ear, red, hurts when I poke it. Is it safe to sleep tonight?

Why not?: I would think you have a skin infection, try a warm compress, if you are not better by tmrw please see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have 3 hard, painful lumps on the bone behind my right ear. Im starting to get a slight headache and a little naseas. What is it?

Infection?: I think it is time for you to check with your doctor to find out what's wrong if the problem has gone on for more than a couple of days or has been getting more severe. ...Read more

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Lump behind right ear, med. Sized, kind of hurts to touch. What could be cause?

Lump behind right ear, med. Sized, kind of hurts to touch. What could be cause?

Lymph node or cyst: Puffin, somethimg is imfected there. Have the ear and scalp examined. ...Read more

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I have a pea sized lump behind right ear at hairline and lump on back of neck right side. What could this be?

I have a pea sized lump behind right ear at hairline and lump on back of neck right side. What could this be?

Cyst/node: The lesion behind the ear could be a sebaceous cyst (when sweat gland gets plugged & forms a cyst), the neck could also be a cyst but enlarged lymph node (may be indicative of underlying inflammation/infection) needs to be considered also. Would recommend evaluation with a Physician. ...Read more

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I noticed a lump or swelling on the bone behind my right ear last night. Its now very painful today should I be seen by a dr?

Ear lump: Hello, the bone behing your ear is called your mastoid prominence. There are lymph nodes in this area that may become inflamed and cause pain. I would recommend ibuprophen as directed for a few days. If this persists, then see your family doctor. I hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Hsv Type 1 And 2 (Definition)

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Early Breast Development (Definition)

Is the technical name and means breast development earlier than "normal". Breast bud development can begin as early as 8 years old in some girls and is more usually between 10 and 12 years old. If there is actual breast development before age 8 then it can indicate a hormone problem (precocious puberty) and an endocrine appointment ...Read more