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Ridge On Skull
Forehead: If the overlying soft tissues were lacerated, the underlying muscles may be torn. If so there will be a depression in the overlying soft tissues as it heals. If the underlying bone was fractured, as the bone heals there may be a depression. For additional treatment choices see a Plastic Surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sore lump on skull? Size of a dime on the back of my head but on the hard bone behind my left ear but not near the ear, its on my head.
Pilar Cyst: Pilar cysts are common, occurring in 5-10% of the population. Greater than 90% occur on the scalp, where pilar cysts are the most common cutaneous cyst. Pilar cysts are the second most frequent type of cyst on the head and neck. Pilar cysts are almost always benign, malignant transformation being extremely rare. Pilar cysts may be sporadic or may be autosomal dominantly inherited. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: Bone cancer is rare, so it is likely not a cancer right out of the gate. Where is this lump, behind the ear? If so, it's likely normal anatomy (mastoid process). No skull is completely without irregularities, if you have symptoms such as pain, headaches, or increase in size would get it checked out, if not there's probably nothing to worry about. ...Read more
Dark gray #14 tooth. Bump between hard palate and maxilla bone. No tooth pain. Hurts to press hard on bump. No discoloration of palate. Bump is spongy?
Abcesses: It sounds like you may have an abcess. The fact that your tooth is discolored is consistent with this finding. The tooth may be non-vital ("dead"), and the pain and sponginess may be due to the abcess enlarging and the pus attempting to exit from under the tissues that cover the hard palate. Contact your dds as soon as possible and keep the area clean. Warm salt water rinses should help today. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Physical Examination: A lump on the thumb bone is impossible to diagnose without the key component of any diagnosis: the physical examination. Contact your primary care physician today and get the lump examined. Your doctor will also take a medical history to gain additional information. Additional studies may be ordered, but there is no substitute for the physical examination. ...Read more
Hard immovable lump where top of neck and base of skull meet along the hairline (occipital lymph node?); itchy scalp; swollen lymph nodes on neck
Don't worry: It's common at age 16 to have enlarged lymph nodes- you have an active immune system. The lymph nodes at the base of your skull in back are occipital lymph nodes. They get big from viral infections, particularly mononucleosis. If these wax and wane in size, don't worry. If they stay big, see a doctor. Rarely 16-year-olds get lymphoma. I don't think your itchy scalp is related; dandruff? ...Read more
Small 1cm lumps on neck/on jaw (face area where jaw connects), moveable, squishy, had for yrs, no pain unless pressed hard on.
Will skull x rays spot any fracrures, hairline fractures or other damage on the forehead and head?
Depends on size: A complete skull X-ray set (which includes the "Water's view" of the sinuses) are relatively good at spotting big fractures, which are displaced or depressed (i.e., discontinuous). A hairline fracture could be missed on X-ray but picked up on a CT scan. Small hairline fractures can even be missed on CT scan. Best to work from symptoms: if you have pain after an accident, see a doctor to diagnose. ...Read more
Ganglion: This sounds like a ganglion cyst also known as a retinacular cyst. This is a fluid filled sac that comes from the tendons that bend down the fingers. To confirm the diagnosis i would recommend trying to remove the fluid with a needle. These usually go away, sometimes they require surgery to remove. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bump on middle of tibia. Attached to bone. Skin pigment over site is darkened. X 6mo. Aching feeling of tibia bone periodically?
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