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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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Sharp pain behind and around ear lobe resulted in bells palsy. Little red in ear canal. Pain lasting for long periods especially laying down. 5 days?

Sharp pain behind and around ear lobe resulted in bells palsy. Little red in ear canal. Pain lasting for long periods especially laying down. 5 days?

Could be shingles: Varicella zoster, or shingles, can affect the ear canal and also affect the 7th cranial nerve causing bell's palsy. Have a dr look carefully into your ear canal to see if there are any rashes evident of shingles there. Good luck.

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I have been having pain behind my ear under the lobe on my neck/ shoulder area. What could it be?

Occipital neuralgia: The common symptom is suboccipital pain radiating to the back of the head and occasionally down the back of the neck. Tenderness over the greater and lesser occipital nerves is common. During severe episodes, the pain may be felt in the retro-orbital and behind the ear. Although the attacks may be bilateral, one side usually predominates. Rec.:see an orofacial pain or pain management specialist.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Small painless hard lump behind ear lobe on neck about 4wks. Came when earlobe was infected. Lobe ok now but lump still there and remains same size.

Small painless hard lump behind ear lobe on neck about 4wks. Came when earlobe was infected. Lobe ok now but lump still there and remains same size.

Lymph node: Most likely a lymph node which was inflamed initially, could be something else as well, like a lipoma, cyst etc plz make sure with your doctor.

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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.

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What can I do for secretion behind my ear lobes?

What can I do for secretion behind my ear lobes?

Keep dry and clean: Hello
I'm not sure exactly what you mean by secretions but if you are having drainage from a cyst that ruptured or a pierced ear that is oozing fluid, I'd say first off keep the area dry and clean. Soap and warm water, pat dry. If the area looks red, warm, and painful, it could be infected. In this case, it would be reasonable to get seen at a walk in clinic. Hope this helps

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I have a small, painful lump behind both ear lobes. They don't 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.

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What is the huge pustule behind my ear lobe?

What is the huge pustule behind my ear lobe?

Cyst: It is likely an infected epidermal / sebaceous cyst and will require incision and drainage along with antibiotics. Please seek medical attention without further delay.

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What should I do about this small hard lump behind my ear lobe?

What should I do about this small hard lump behind my ear lobe?

Lump: Could be a parotid gland mass. See ENT