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My husband has had a soft lump at the back of head on the right hand side. He says it's not Sore to touch but is the size of walnut?

My husband has had a soft lump at the back of head on the right hand side. He says it's not Sore to touch but is the size of walnut?

Cyst or lipoma: Cysts & lipomas are often soft & painless. However, the former can become painful & even harden if distended & filled, much less infected. Lipomas, or fatty tissue, typically remain soft & painfree. Abscesses are collections of pus that are usually painful & need to be lanced/drained. Have him go see his family doc for evaluation & your reassurance. ...Read more

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Lump on back of head, what is this?

Lump on back of head, what is this?

Lump on head: There are a great many possibilities. Please submit greater detail concerning the lump so we can be of help. Otherwise see your doctor. ...Read more

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Tender to the touch lump on back of head, not sure what it is?

Tender to the touch lump on back of head, not sure what it is?

Boil: This may be an abscess that started as an ingrown hair. Warm applications help bring it to head. It also could be an infected cyst. Consult your physician if there is worsening pain, tenderness or swelling as it may have to be lanced. ...Read more

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Lump on back of head ozzing headache cannot bend head back?

Lump on back of head ozzing headache cannot bend head back?

See someone: Unclear what the lump is, but may be an infection. You need to see someone and have it looked at. ...Read more

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Recently noticed hard lump on back of head in center at base on my partner. Feels like bone and is painless. About 2cm across. What could this be?

Recently noticed hard lump on back of head in center at base on my partner. Feels like bone and is painless. About 2cm across. What could this be?

Lump on back of head: For how long? Did it change in size?, and is painless.
Requires an MRI, interpretation, how is the hair on top of the mass?
Probably is a benign mass, however the input and examination, even a biopsy may be required. I cannot touch or feel it.
A neurosurgeon should do the examination. ...Read more

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Small painful lump on back of head, about level with ears more to the left side. No injury? What is it and what do I do about it?

Small painful lump on back of head, about level with ears more to the left side. No injury? What is it and what do I do about it?

Lymph node swelling: This could be a swollen lymph node, which could be infected or swollen because of inflammation or infection on your scalp or ear. It could also be an insect bite. You should have your doctor examine you, so that you can be properly diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Hard painful lump on back of head along hair line. Hard and painfull to the touch. Accompanied by headache. What could this be? Medical atn nesesary?

Hard painful lump on back of head along hair line. Hard and painfull to the touch. Accompanied by headache. What could this be? Medical atn nesesary?

Cyst or abscess?: It is possible that you could have a cyst, infected hair, or abscess that is causing your symptoms. Please see your doctor for proper treatment. It may include antibiotics or it may need incision and drainage. ...Read more

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15 year old male. Hard lump on back of head. On the right a little. Size of large pea. It pokes out so it is very easy to feel. Should skull have bumps?

15 year old male. Hard lump on back of head. On the right a little. Size of large pea. It pokes out so it is very easy to feel. Should skull have bumps?

Lymph node: There are many lymph nodes in the neck and back of the head that are often more noticeable because they are located where our fat pads don't hide them. If you feel around you should find several the size of a pea ; sometimes bigger. They can increase to the size of a big peanut if stimulated by local factors, illness or vaccines. I would just monitor it or have doc see it during regular visit. ...Read more

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15 y/o male. Hard lump on back of head, doesn't move, feels like bone, feels like dent under "lump" making it feel raised. Doc said lymph node?

15 y/o male. Hard lump on back of head, doesn't move, feels like bone, feels like dent under "lump" making it feel raised. Doc said lymph node?

Enlarged: Lymph nodes in that area are generally from SCALP sores which when scratched ca become infected! However, the SKULL often has raised areas which are NORMAL!! Sounds like you need a definite answer and this could involve xrays. If it is a lymph node and persists WITHOUT "simple" explanation a biopsy would be indicated!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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My son has a hard fixed lump on back of head more to left side parallel with top of his ear. No injury but does have dermatitis on right side of scalp. Seems too high to be a lymph node. But note sure. What could this be?

My son has a hard fixed lump on back of head more to left side parallel with top of his ear. No injury but does have dermatitis on right side of scalp. Seems too high to be a lymph node. But note sure. What could this be?

? mastoid process: From your description and location, this sounds like the mastoid process, which would also be present on the other side. This is a projection of the skull where many of the jaw muscles are anchored. There are a variety of lymph nodes located all over the head and neck, but these tend not to be hard. Your doc could confirm or exclude this by exam. ...Read more

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What causes lumps on middle fore head and on the back of head which causes your head to hurt?

What causes lumps on middle fore head and on the back of head which causes your head to hurt?

Need exam: Your question needs to be answer by your physician after having proper physical exam. See your physician. ...Read more

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I keep getting hard pus looking lumps on back of head.

I keep getting hard pus looking lumps on back of head.

Seek evaluation: Chronic infections conditions in this area may warrant a multifaceted approach, which may include a wound culture to determine the appropriate antibiotic. Sometimes a longer antibiotic course is necessary, but this brings with it other risks. ...Read more

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My bf says his mood is from lumps on the back of head. Is that physiognomy?

My bf says his mood is from lumps on the back of head. Is that physiognomy?

?: I am sorry but what? Physiognomy is when you judge someone else from facial expression/features. ...Read more

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Small lump under skin back of head. Causing slight dull buring in back of head. Lump soft but firm to the touch. New over several months. Need 2 worry?

Small lump under skin back of head. Causing slight dull buring in back of head. Lump soft but firm to the touch. New over several months. Need 2 worry?

Trichilemmal Cyst: The most common sites for trichilemmal cysts are hair-bearing areas, typically the scalp. Clinically, they present as smooth and mobile cysts within the dermis. ...Read more

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How to know if the lump on the back of the head is a external occipital protuberance?

How to know if the lump on the back of the head is a external occipital protuberance?

Examine: Occasional an X-ray if some question.
Cysts and lipomas can occur there also along with some othe
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I have a hard non moveable lump on left side back of head its been there a year and changes size sometimes its tender to touch should I worry?

I have a hard non moveable lump on left side back of head its been there a year and changes size sometimes its tender to touch should I worry?

See primary care MD: It may be an occipital lymph node draining the scalp. These will enlarge with infections of the scalp usually. It is best to see your primary care physician to determine its significance.
Some lymph node swelling can be serious. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump on scalp. It started a few years ago and its larger now. Another is on top now and smaller ones in back of head. What can they be?

I have a hard lump on scalp. It started a few years ago and its larger now. Another is on top now and smaller ones in back of head. What can they be?

These may be: SEBACEOUS CYSTS ("WEN"S)
See your primary care Physician for DIAGNOSIS and a referral for removal. These can cbecome infected therefore removal is usually suggested

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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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?

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

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I've noticed that my 2 yo has a lumpy back of head. Lump seem to be symmetrical/hard. Flat spots in certain areas and lumps in others. Is this normal?

I've noticed that my 2 yo has a lumpy back of head. Lump seem to be symmetrical/hard. Flat spots in certain areas and lumps in others. Is this normal?

I'd have to examine: Kids do have some lumpy areas on the skull. Some are a prominence of the normal occipital ridge, some are lymph glands that are prominent because they are not buried in muscle of other tissue like they are in the rest of the body. I'd have to examine it to be sure but most "lumps" are benign if they are not tender. ...Read more

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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?

Occipital Lymph node: Probably a lymph node reacting to a scalp injury or infection, even dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, but just to be absolutely sure it isn't something more serious like lymphoma, best to see your primary care doctor who can refer you for a biopsy if necessary. ...Read more

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Milk cap sized lump on moms left back of head before hair line ends. What could this be, it really serious, does she have to have it looked at? Hurts!

Milk cap sized lump on moms left back of head before hair line ends. What could this be, it really serious, does she have to have it looked at? Hurts!

Yes: She should have it examined- by her primary or a general surgeon. Not sure if you meant within or outside hairline- but most lumps are benign- infected sebaceous cyst, trichilemmoma even a hematoma. However, it may be more serious- infection or malignancy and should be treated. ...Read more

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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