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- Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:58 pm
i have a lump on the left side of my chin. its is not very large, but becomes very painful and swollen when bumped in any way. i have had it for about three years. i am open to any answers. will this growth make me in any way non-deployable? i am in the USAF.
| Dr. Safaa Mahmoud
- Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:12 pm
This swelling is probably an enlarged Lymph node LN (probably a submandibular LN). This group of lymph nodes drains the teeth, the gum and the lips.
If infection or inflammation occurs in the area drained by them, they grow in size and become painful. When infection or inflammation subsides they regress in size but never disappear.
So, these nodes remain palpable, painless, rubbery in consistency and usually less than 1 cm in diameter. They may be painful when you frequently press on them causing a sort of inflammation.
A thorough clinical examination and history taking are essential for evaluation and better characterization of this swelling. Since it has been of the same size for years, it is probably of a benign cause and your doctor may just keep it under observation with no further investigations.
However, nodes continue to grow as well as those appear in other parts of the body are of concern and should be properly investigated to exclude serious causes.
Please follow up with your doctor and keep us updated.