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If a small lymph node behind ear (about 6mm) is fixed to underlying tissues and it does not grow in size, would be reactive or only cancerous?

If a small lymph node behind ear (about 6mm) is fixed to underlying tissues and it does not grow in size, would be reactive or only cancerous?

Depends: Depends on duration of mass. Usually fixed is more problematic than movable. Best bet if mass is present longer than 2 weeks would be assessment by ENT doc. ...Read more

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I have 1cm lymph node behind ear. Movable painless. Been there 3 months. Don't think its grown. If it was lymphoma would it have grown by now? How big?

I have 1cm lymph node behind ear. Movable painless. Been there 3 months. Don't think its grown. If it was lymphoma would it have grown by now? How big?

Biopsy.: An enlarged lymph node can be normal, or it can be a due to cancer. Lymph nodes that enlarge due to an infection (normal) are usually sore. A 1cm lymph node is just on the edge of being too big. The only way to know if it's normal is to ultrasound and/or biopsy it. Lymphomas cause rubbery lymph nodes that often grow, but not always. The lymph node behind your ear is associated with your scalp. ...Read more

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Can a sew in weave cause you to have a swollen lymph node behind ear.

Can a sew in weave cause you to have a swollen lymph node behind ear.

Yes: Lymph nodes can enlarge to inflammation, infection and even cancer in the near vicinity. A sew in weave can cause an immune response, thus leading to lymph node swelling. If you have any signs or symptoms of infection such as fever or redness, pain and swelling at the weave site you should see a doctor soon. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node behind ear around 1cm size. A bit hurts when pressed. No other symptoms. What is it?

Swollen lymph node behind ear around 1cm size. A bit hurts when pressed. No other symptoms. What is it?

Scalp issue?: Lymph nodes in the neck ofter get enlarged due to issue with the scalp, e.g., dandruff. Wash your scalp daily with any shampoo. Check your node every couple of weeks, not more frequently. If it doubles in size or other nodes get enlarged, see a doctor, otherwise watchful waiting is appropriate. ...Read more

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Can dry itchy (irritation?) ear skin causes lymph node behind ear to swell? Kind of hard and ever so slightly movable.

Can dry itchy (irritation?) ear skin causes lymph node behind ear to swell? Kind of hard and ever so slightly movable.

Post auricular LN: Your rash in that location could be psoriasis The lymph nodes could be related to that. Your physician can help clarify this or have you see the appropriate physician consultants ...Read more

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Can chikenpox cause a swollen lymph node behind ear?

Can chikenpox cause a swollen lymph node behind ear?

Yes: If there are pox on the face and head, lymph nodes behind ears will get swollen as they fight the infection. Watch for a tender node, red overlying a node, as they can require antibiotics in a complicating infection. Feel better soon! ...Read more

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I have an enlarged lymph node behind ear. There was a near infection but dr concerned b/c very hard and immovable. Could this still be from infection?

I have an enlarged lymph node behind ear. There was a near infection but dr concerned b/c very hard and immovable. Could this still be from infection?

Could be: It could be from the past infection, however, your doctor is correct in being concerned for a hard immobile node. It would be prudent to follow your doctor's advice.
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Does ovarian cancer cause lymph node behind ear to get really big?

Does ovarian cancer cause lymph node behind ear to get really big?

Not likely: Ovarian cancer spreads to the pelvic lymph nodes and peritoneum, i.e., the lining of the abdomen. A single enlarged retro-auricular lymph node is not likely to be due to ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of burning sensation in lymph node behind ear near jaw and some ringing in that ear from time to time?

What could be the cause of burning sensation in lymph node behind ear near jaw and some ringing in that ear from time to time?

Possible infection: Lymph nodes are localized groups of white cells that are designed to attack foreign tissue, especially infections. When activated, there can be a burning sensation to the surrounding tissues. Ringing in the ear is a non specific symptom, but may be associated with inflammation and infection. Best to have this checked out. ...Read more

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Is it common for cancer to start or spread to lymph node behind ear? Male 19 no other problems except irritated outer ear skin.

Is it common for cancer to start or spread to lymph node behind ear? Male 19 no other problems except irritated outer ear skin.

Tough to say...: An enlarged lymph node behind the ear can be as simple as a skin and/or hair infection on the scalp (e.g. tinea capitis-- fungal infection on scalp and hair). However, without seeing what your describing on your ear and knowing other symptoms, it's impossible to exclude a potentially more concerning diagnosis. ...Read more

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Have swollen lymph node behind ear when touched it feels like there's a hard ball in there not on any meds feeling well just got high prolactin levels?

Have swollen lymph node behind ear when touched it feels like there's a hard ball in there not on any meds feeling well just got high prolactin levels?

Location issue: If you are talking about right behind ear, there usually aren't major lymph node chains hanging out unless it is more in the neck region. Something that may feel like lymph node in the area may be blocked duct/follicle. Not sure if this has anything to do with high prolactin levels but this would not be typical. You can try warm compress as if this is a blocked follicle, may help. ...Read more

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Could a lymph node behind ear be cancerous it feels hard when touched, I haven't got infection am feeling fine other than I have high prolactin levels?

Could a lymph node behind ear be cancerous it feels hard when touched, I haven't got infection am feeling fine other than I have high prolactin levels?

It depends....: Enlarged nodes can be cancerous especially if they are painless and hard to feel. But a lot depends on the size of the lymph node. If it is more than 1cm (half inch) and it increases in size over the next month or two then you need to get a medical exam to make sure it is not cancerous. A biopsy of the node is the best way to find out what is causing it to enlarge. ...Read more

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I have had a swollen lymph node behind ear and cough for 4 weeks. Not bigger. I did have eczema on scalp but now better, should I worry?

I have had a swollen lymph node behind ear and cough for 4 weeks. Not bigger. I did have eczema on scalp but now better, should I worry?

No, watch & wait: Check the node every couple of weeks. If it doubles in size, other nodes become enlarged, the node becomes warm and painful, or if you lose weight, then see a doctor. It may take a few months for the node to shrink even after the eczema has cleared.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
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Went to ENT doc for (according to him) a 8 millimetre movable lymph node behind ear. He said its not lymphoma Why can't I trust him? Is movable good?

Went to ENT doc for (according to him) a 8 millimetre movable lymph node behind ear. He said its not lymphoma Why can't I trust him? Is movable good?

Lymphadenitis: Lymph node become large with viral or bacterial infection and after treatment become smaller, in lymphoma many nodes become involve and size become large fast. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged lymph node behind ear that the doctor wants to biopsy. Incidentally, my TSH is also mildly elevated (5.01). Could this be related?

I have an enlarged lymph node behind ear that the doctor wants to biopsy. Incidentally, my TSH is also mildly elevated (5.01). Could this be related?

Enlarged node: It is accepted practice to biopsy an enlarged lymph node that was recently noted and hasn't receded after an observation period of a couple of weeks or more. Mild elevation of the tsh would raise the suspicion of hypothyroidism but I doubt any relationship to an enlarged lymph node behind the ear. Other thyroid parameters can be done to look for an underactive thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Ear pain/itching 5 days ago. Went to doc said it swimmers ear (didn't swim) Got drops lymph node behind ear is now swollen. No pain or itching though.?

Ear pain/itching 5 days ago. Went to doc said it swimmers ear (didn't swim) Got drops lymph node behind ear is now swollen. No pain or itching though.?

OK: Here it is...
SWIMMER'S EAR (Otitis Externa) which spreads to a lymph node REQUIRES ORAL ANTIBIOTICS!!!!!
DROPS ARE NOT ENOUGH

Call your Family Physician or Primary Care Provider for a Prescription or join HEALTH TAP PRIME.


Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have a lymph node behind ear that has been enlarged for 10 months. ENT wants to do a CT but I prefer to avoid unnecessary radiation. This ok?

I have a lymph node behind ear that has been enlarged for 10 months. ENT wants to do a CT but I prefer to avoid unnecessary radiation. This ok?

CT: Your Physician doesn't want to expose you to "unnecessary" radiation. He/she wants to diagnose and treat your problem, which may be quite serious. The CT scan is "necessary" to arrive at the correct course of action. At some point you have to trust the people trying to help you. ...Read more

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Hard, firm, enlarged painless lymph node behind ear for 9 months. ENT wants to do a CT scan of sinuses. What's he looking for?

Hard, firm, enlarged painless lymph node behind ear for 9 months. ENT wants to do a CT scan of sinuses. What's he looking for?

Lymph node: Lymph nodes in that region are in the lymphatic drainage path of parts of the scalp, posterior neck, and ear, so would not necessarily be enlarged from sinus disease. Your best bet is to ask the ENT, maybe they are looking for something else. A sinus CT would not be adequate to evaluate for neck adenopathy ...Read more

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Dr said firm lymph node on neck behind ear doesn't feel movable but hard to tell because of the location. Is this normal for location and benign?

Dr said firm lymph node on neck behind ear doesn't feel movable but hard to tell because of the location. Is this normal for location and benign?

Lymph node: All lymph nodes should be followed up in 1 month and if they do no regress should be biopsies. If you have sinusitis or otitis that may explain it but still nedd follow up and biopsy. ...Read more

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25 y old male. Feel node behind ear, 1 centimetre diameter, movable. How big does lymph node have to be before its serious? No other symptoms, Lymphoma?

25 y old male. Feel node behind ear, 1 centimetre diameter, movable. How big does lymph node have to be before its serious? No other symptoms, Lymphoma?

Lymph node: Marilyn, lymph nodes which are freely movable and less than 1 cm are usually considered not to be pathological. However, if this is a new finding to you, lymph node removal by an ENT surgeon and examined by pathologist is needed to be sure. Dr Hilliard ...Read more

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25 y old male. Feel 1 lymph node on bone behind ear its movable. 0.8-1cm diameter. Been there for at least 3 months. Is this normal size? Lymphoma?

Near normal: It is not uncommon of lymph node behind the ear to become a little larger for trivial issues with the scalp, like dandruff. If it has not changes in 3 months, you can ignore it. If there are any issues with your scalp, please attend to those. ...Read more