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What causes swelling at the bottom of back of head it's swelled bad on left side of skull?

What causes swelling at the bottom of back of head it's swelled bad  on left side of skull?

Cyst or lymph node: Usually this is a sebaceous cyst or an enlarged lymph node. A medical exam is needed to tell. The cyst can be removed. An enlarged lymph node usually gets better with time but sometimes needs an antibiotic. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Lately I have been feeling as if my brain is swelling almost as if it wants to pop out of my skull it' s not painful but uncomfortable in a scary way?

Lately I have been feeling as if my brain is swelling almost as if it wants to pop out of my skull it' s not  painful but uncomfortable in a scary way?

Sinus?: Seek medical attention immediatly if you have suffered a fall or bumped your head. Sinus infections can cause incredible pressure in the face and head (brain) area. You might also be suffering a chronic ear infection. See a doctor soon because you probably need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Could a baby get a fraxtured skull and swelling/bleeding on the brain from falling off a bed?

Could a baby get a fraxtured skull and swelling/bleeding on the brain from falling off a bed?

Yes: Most infant skull fractures in the us are unfortunately due to either child abuse or road traffic accidents. But yes, falling from a bed onto a hard surface can cause what you describe. ...Read more

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What could cause a swelling at the back of my head at the base of my skull, and painful lump under my jaw?

What could cause a swelling at the back of my head at the base of my skull, and painful lump under my jaw?

Most lumps, benign: Don't start worrying. The majority of small bumps on your head would be benign (not cancer). Lumps that can be tender are cysts, lymph nodes and less likely lipomas. Still, hard to evaluate it over the net. See your primary md who can take a good history and examen you. Given your presentation it sounds more like lymph nodes. You want to make sure its nothing scary ...Read more

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I have pain in center front of my neck and redness but no swelling, when I swallow the base of my skull hurts, can I be helped on here?

I have pain in center front of my neck and redness but no swelling, when I swallow the base of my skull hurts, can I be helped on here?

Inflammation: Pain and redness in the front of your neck is consistent with an inflammatory process, and the thyroid gland is in that area. Acute thyroiditis may be the problem. Your symptoms warrant an examination promptly. Blood tests will include thyroid readings as well as cbc,etc in order to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a swelling at the crown of my head between my skull and scalp, when preasure is greatest my scalp itches and weeps. Headaches and nausea ?

I have a swelling  at the crown of my head between my skull and scalp, when preasure is greatest my scalp itches and weeps.  Headaches and  nausea ?

May be dermatitis: The symptoms you talk looks like an ulceration and dermatitis. Mya use Hydrocortsone cream2% may relieve symptoms. Use the cream twice a day morning after shower and night at bed time ...Read more

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Could a fracture in an infants skull cause swelling and bleeding in the brain?

Could a fracture in an infants skull cause  swelling and  bleeding in  the  brain?

Can co-exist: The skull is separated from the brain by a few tissue layers, & bleeding from the fracture can get between the skull and these layers and cause a problem called an epidural. Epidurals can become large & press on the brain.The event/trauma that caused the fracture can also cause tissue damage in the brain with bleeding & swelling. ...Read more

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Swelling on face in front of left ear, pain in left temple and left forehead when try to move head quickly, pain behind left ear and neck below skull?

Swelling on face in front of left ear, pain in left temple and left forehead when try to move head quickly, pain behind left ear and neck below skull?

Facial pain: Over the computer, guesses would include a possible sinus infection causing swelling and inflammation. Cellulitis is always a possibility, etc. Only way to know for sure is to get an exam and then treated as need be. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My CT scan reported: "hyperpneumatized skull base w/air cells extending to the petrous apices, lt more than rt. Anterior clinoid processes partially pneumatized." the back of my head is tender with mild swelling and I have an ear leak. What should I do?

My CT scan reported: "hyperpneumatized skull base w/air cells extending to the petrous apices, lt more than rt. Anterior clinoid processes partially pneumatized." the back of my head is tender with mild swelling and I have an ear leak. What should I do?

Normal pneumatizatio: Air cells in the bones of your skull can be a normal variant. Pneumatization of the anterior clinoid is normal. Pain and tenderness of your head is not seen on the ct scan. It is not normal and you obviously saw a doctor who ordered a ct scan. If the ct is negative and your pain persists consider an MRI of the brain. Fluid from your ear is a ant problem. Swelling is non specific of course. ...Read more

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Besides swelling, what are the other symptoms of dropsy?

Besides swelling, what are the other symptoms of dropsy?

Depends on cause: Dropsy is a term for generalized edema. It may be due to heart failure, liver and kidney disease, malnutrition etc. Other symptoms depend on the underlying pathology and may included respiratory trouble, jaundice, uremia etc. ...Read more

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Besides swelling, what are the other symptoms of dropsy? How can I fight them?

Besides swelling, what are the other symptoms of dropsy? How can I fight them?

Depends on cause: Dropsy is a term for generalized edema. It may be due to heart failure, liver and kidney disease, malnutrition etc. The underlying cause needs to be treated to "fight" it. ...Read more