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Question: 3 yr old - Lump on side of head


 sparks95 - Sat Jan 15, 2005 7:45 am

We have noticed a large lump on the side of my 3 year olds head. We noticed about 3-4 months ago, but thought he either hit his head or his head was just growing. He started complaining about it hurting about 5 days ago, so we started getting concerned that it was still there and that it was hurting. It is about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide and is located on the right side of his head, just above his ear. What could this be?
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Sun Jan 16, 2005 4:23 pm

Dear Kerry,
It could be a number of things. Starting from an enlarged lymph node to a dermoid cyst (congenital collection of skin and other tissues), a hematoma (blood collection from broken blood vessels) or even an abscess. It is difficult to tell since we cannot assess him clinically. Since it's started to become painful, you should be concerned, but not so much as if it were red, warm or tender.
Nonetheless, it's worth visiting your doctor to have a closer look.

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