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What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull? Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male

What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull?  Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male

Possibilities: It is possible to have a swollen lymph node in this region (called occipital nodes). It could also be a cyst such as an epidermal or sebaceous cyst. Another option is a (usually) benign fatty tumor called a lipoma. If it is getting larger or is tender/painful, or associated with other similar lumps, i would get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is base of skull on lumpy parts swollen and sore?

Why is base of skull on lumpy parts swollen and sore?

Lymph nodes?: There are a lot of lymph nodes at the base of the skull. They swell and become sore in response to sore throats, head colds, infections of the scalp, and other problems. An examination by your doctor will likely locate the cause. ...Read more

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What to do about a painful lump and throbbing at base of skull on left side?

What to do about a painful lump and throbbing at base of skull on left side?

See a doctor: For a physical exam. The lump may just be inflamed portion of a muscle that you've subjected to a constant strain with poor posture or it could be something very different. Impossible to tell. ...Read more

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Lump in base of skull neck and experiencing headache, what's wrong?

Possible: Localized spasm and inflammation of the muscle where it attaches to the skull due to persistent strain from poor posture or something completely different. See your doctor. ...Read more

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5 yo boy w/ painful pea size lump right base of skull, s/s for two days, not red or inflamed, no injury or infection .... Concern?

5 yo boy w/ painful pea size lump right base of skull, s/s for two days, not red or inflamed, no injury or infection .... Concern?

Likely lymph node: There are chains of lymph nodes along the neck including at the base of the skull. They can become enlarged with any infection on the scalp, face, or ears... Often they can persist for a while after the infection resolves. If it is still there the next time you see your pediatrician, ask him/her to take a look at it, but most likely it will resolve over the next few weeks. ...Read more

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Tender lump at r base of skull developed today history of migrains, shingles twice in six months, and viral meningitis following first episode of shingles?

Tender lump at r base of skull developed today history of migrains, shingles twice in six months,  and viral meningitis following first episode of shingles?

Enlarge lymph node: Any lump which is tender, indicate it is inflame, if it is under skin it may be a lymph node. Most likely you have acute inflamed lymph node, in rt base of skull due to any sckertch infection of skin over scalp. I did not think it is related to your previous condition, but we can answer better after seeing you. ...Read more

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I have had a swollen lymph node at base of skull and my right ear as well as itchy scalp for well over two months. Any idea what this could be?

I have had a swollen lymph node at base of skull and my right ear as well as  itchy scalp for well over two months. Any idea what this could be?

Dandruff?: Try washing your scalp frequently, daily would not be too much. It may take a few months of this, on regular basis for the scalp to be healthy and the lymph nodes to regress. ...Read more

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I have two painless lumps in the back of my head at base of skull. Started with one small one, then a bigger one right below. Should I be concerned?

I have two painless lumps in the back of my head at base of skull. Started with one small one, then a bigger one right below. Should I be concerned?

Need evaluation: Lumps in this area can be infections, fatty tumors, enlarged lymph glands, or sometimes cancerous. Please have your internist check them out. ...Read more

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Are there lymph nodes in back of neck near base of skull? I have two lumps im going to get checked but no pictures on web shows lymphs nodes are there

Are there lymph nodes in back of neck near base of skull? I have two lumps im going to get checked but no pictures on web shows lymphs nodes are there

Yes: There are lymph nodes at the back of the skull in what is called the occipital chain. They can enalrged with colds and infections of the scalp. ...Read more

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Swollen gland like lump at the base of my head - what could it be?

Swollen gland like lump at the base of my head - what could it be?

May be an infection: Swollen glands in the neck are very common. They usually occur due to sore throat caused commonly by a virus. In that case it is typically tender but it settles down in 2-3 weeks on its own. But if the glands are painless and do not settle down or keep enlarging , then you need to go see your doctor for further examination. ...Read more