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Lump On Occipital
Just A Little, NoMore: The Inion. The Inion. A Bar in Schenectady I used to go to in Med School to listen to the Shuttle Bus driver play in a country band. The Inion. If I were a small dust particle it would be the summit of my Everest. The Inion."The highest point of the external occipital protuberance (protuberantia occipitalis externa)."The prominence of the skull behind the ears. Insertion of the posterior neck muscles. ...Read more
Occipital node: It is very common to feel these. Typically they are less than 1/2 a cm. They tend to drain scalp tissues as part of the lymphatics. Very rarely are they symptomatic. I have never seen one that acted up and be malignant. I seen these on a daily basis in babies. Rest assured, unless it rapidly increases in size or is very tender to touch. ...Read more
Small hard round lump on occipital bone feels like bone. In line with top of ears in the centre of the back of my skull. What could this be? 17, female
Normal: Hi, this is likely the external occipital protuberance of the occipital bone. Everyone has this it is just more pronounced on some people. ...Read more
Should I be concerned about feeling a strong pulse at the base of my skull on only one side? I feel the pulse in a lump in the occipital area.
Pulsatile mass: A pulsatile lump could represent a blood vessel that is prominent or malformed. Unless there are other symptoms, or it is getting bigger, this would not usually be an emergency, but it would be good to get it checked out by a doctor. ...Read more
I have a lump on my occipital bone. It is hard, non movable, painless, and is on the left side. What could It be? I suffer from constant all over pain
Well: This requires a face-to-face doctor visit to determine try primary care doctor ...Read more
Hard lump on left occipital bone, no/very dull pain and increased discomfort when pressure is applied. One on right side but smaller, not symmetrical?
Fasciitis vs node: The insertions of the muscles that extend the neck - trapezius, splenius and semispinalis capitus insert on the occiput and when you evaluate 10 people a day with cervicalgia or neck pain you discover how universal myofascial tenderness and nodularity are in this region. That's why people benefit from simple head and neck massage. It might also be a posterior cervical lymph node draining the scalp ...Read more
I have a 1cm non painful moveable firm lump in the occipital bone region on the right side of head it doesn't hurt don't know what it is any advice?
Hmm: Could be a cyst, lipoma or lymph node. If not extremely painful I would wait and see your primary doctor for a full check up. Good luck. ...Read more
Can an occipital tumor cause the same symptoms as ms? I was diagnosis in 09 with ms, just found a golf ball size lump at the occipital. Ct scan scheduled
Potentially yes: Visual problems can occur with occipital lobe lesions, and may mimic some of the presenting symptoms in MS. Cannot exclude possibility of 2 different co-morbidities, both afflicting you and causing symptoms. Your neurologist should readily be able to sort all of this out. ...Read more
Hard lump in sub-occipital area, told it's bone. Always sore. Previous MRI & CT of neck showed straightening/reversal of cervical lordosis. Same thing?
Unlikely: Many folks have a prominent bony excrescence "bump" along the inferior midline occipital bone. Straightening of the cervical lordosis can result in the normal posterior spinous process of the vertebra to feel more obvious on palpation but should be lower and easy to differentiate on CT. ...Read more
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?
Probably: Probably if no symptoms. See ENT doc for exam if worried. ...Read more
It may be a cyst or a lipoma. Both would be somewhat soft and rubbery though. It is best to get it checked by your PCP and then decide whether it needs to be removed or biopsied.
Occasional an X-ray if some question.
Cysts and lipomas can occur there also along with some othe
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I just discovered that I have a boney lump on the back the lower part of my head, about 1-2 weeks ago. It's probably External occipital protuberance?
Yes: You are correct. It is more prominent in some than others. It is a frequent point of concern especial among young mothers. ...Read more
I have a marble sized rock solid lump on the back of my head above my neck. Seems to be a occipital protuberance. It has gotten bigger over time?
I have pulsing occipital pain and neck pain on the right side when I look down/bend over;on same side I can feel some rope like lumps. What is this?
Noticed rock hard knot/lump on the back side of my head, left side close to occipital bone. Knot is about pea size very painful & sensitive 2 touch.?
Lump: This could be an inflamed lymph node, cyst or ingrown hair. Apply warm soaks. Check to see whether you have a skin eruption in that area which can cause lymph node reactivity. See your physician as needed. ...Read more
My son has a bump or lump on the back of his head (occipital bone) it seems to come and go away. It does not hurt when he touches it. Should I be worr?
Simple vs serious: Our bodies always have things that grow and change. Skin, fat, muscle, lymph nodes, bones, can change shape, get larger, more prominent due to many factors. The vast majority are not cancer but simply unusual growths like fatty tumors, cysts, skin tags, moles, etc. Most cause no symptoms and can be watched. If they cause symptoms or change colors, bleed, bruise or hurt, then see your doctor. ...Read more
I have a hard bone like lump about the size of a dime near the left occipital. Have eczema on my scalp and it has been inflamed recently. What is it?
It's a lymph node: Considering that you have eczema on your scalp, it is most likely a lymph node that got stimulated to enlarge. You can tell that it is not a bone by trying to move it under the skin. If it moves, it is not a bone. If your eczema is infected, the lymph node will stay enlarged, I would suggest that you have a doctor take a look. ...Read more
Unknown: This is unknown but I don't think so ...Read more
Woke up and my occipital bone has a small dime size lump that hurts to touch. Having headaches and neck pain?
I have a rock solid lump on the back of my head above my neck. I have reason to believe it's what's called an external occipital protuberance.?
Lump: If that is what you have, you have always had it because a normal part of our head. Nothing to worry about. If this is new and you've never felt it before, have it checked out ...Read more
Have a lump on the back of head, to the left of my external occipital protuberance. It has slight throbbing pain to touch. Noticed this for a year.
Occipital pain: Pain with swelling at this location can be a simple scalp or muscle condition or can be a more serious condition such as irritation of the greater occipital nerve. Because this has been going on for so long it would be best to be evaluated by a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. ...Read more
Got an bone hard lump on left backside of head above the occipital bone with burning sensation there and on my neck and shoulders. Any ideas?
Superior trapezius: The unifying symptom you describe is the broad region of discomfort. This muscle runs throughout the region you describe. Perhaps is spasm in this muscle with tendonitis where it connects to the occipital skull. Your signs and symptoms are odd, and you should see an osteopath to sort this out. ...Read more
I have lumps in posterior triangle of neck for 20 days now. No sore throat or URTI. One around occipital area is rock solid. All are pain less
Swollen lymph nodes: It sounds like you have swollen lymph nodes, These can last several months in the absence of an infection. If you feel they are not getting better, I would follow up with your primary care physician as she may need to get blood work and possibly a biopsy to make sure there's nothing else going on ...Read more
Need exam: Your question needs to be answer by your physician after having proper physical exam. See your physician. ...Read more