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Question: Swollen Gland on back of head, 6 mnth old

 ameliajaneagain - Sun Nov 27, 2005 9:35 pm


My 6mnth old boy has had a lump on the back of his head since birth. It is just above the neck, at the base of the scalp (in the hair) on the right hand side (not below ear, but right side of back of head). There are also several flat red spots on the area.
My maternal and child health nurse said that it might be a swollen gland, and to check it with my doctor next time I'm there, but I'm worried that it might be something that I should make an appointment for - any thoughts?


 Dr. Heba Ismail - Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:09 am

I don't believe it's a gland, since you say it dates since birth.
The presence of red spots and its appearance since birth leads me to think it is a 'hemangioma', which is a benign but abnormal growth of blood vessels.
If it turns out to be so, there is no need to worry at all, as some may disappear spontaneously, and if persistent, can be either injected with a material to collapse these vessels or can be surgically removed.

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