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Old 10-13-2008, 07:52 AM
 
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Default Lymph node behind ear

My 10 year old daughter has a very hard marble size lump behind her ear. We went to the ENT and he thought it was a cyst, but ordered an ultrasound to be sure. The ultrasound tech said it was not a cyst, but a lymph node. It does not hurt her and is very hard which I have heard are not always a good thing. Has anyone else had issues like this? We are waiting to hear back from the ENT this week.
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:30 AM
 
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I've had 2 marble sized lymph nodes, one in my cheek and one in my neck for years. The neck one dissappeared (tissue shrank), but the cheek one has been there for years and I mean years. Nothing to worry about unless other symptoms develop. Has she had a recent cold, ear infection, allergy or something similiar?
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:46 AM
 
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I've had 2 marble sized lymph nodes, one in my cheek and one in my neck for years. The neck one dissappeared (tissue shrank), but the cheek one has been there for years and I mean years. Nothing to worry about unless other symptoms develop. Has she had a recent cold, ear infection, allergy or something similiar?
No she hasn't had a cold or anything...She had a pea size lump for a while, but now it is large...
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:38 AM
 
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Enlarged lymph nodes can appear around the ears, in the scalp and on the back of the deck for various reasons. I was told that even sinus problems can cause them, a samll cut or even a pimple in the scalp. Whenever the body is fighting some sort of bacteria. they can appear.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:19 PM
 
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Just got a message from the ENT who said it was Benign...Not sure exactly what that means. He is going to call back later. Should I seek a second opinion?
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:49 PM
 
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I would keep an eye on it..But mine swell up from allergies all the time. When I had mono they got really big. Benign means harmless.
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:18 PM
 
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My 10 year old daughter has a very hard marble size lump behind her ear. We went to the ENT and he thought it was a cyst, but ordered an ultrasound to be sure. The ultrasound tech said it was not a cyst, but a lymph node. It does not hurt her and is very hard which I have heard are not always a good thing. Has anyone else had issues like this? We are waiting to hear back from the ENT this week.
Usually the lymph node is sore when there is an infection. When I was young, I had mono and would get swollen lymph nodes popping up everywhere, particularly around my ears. Sometimes my entire ear would get hot and red and swell up. I would get lumps on my back. Those did not hurt but they would swell and go away. It was a mystery for a long time.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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Hi, there,
I was really frustrated after talking with the ENT yesterday. He was saying that it "appeared" to be benign. Then he said we could do antibiotics and blood work, but then later in the conversation he said they wouldn't be necessary. I asked him how he could tell from an ultrasound if something was benign. He gave me some technical answer. I told him it would be nice to find out for sure if it was benign or not, and he said the only way would be surgery, but since it didn't look like it was malignant he didn't want to take the risk of surgery. I was just very shocked that he would not want to do bloodwork on a 10 year old girl with a solid lymph node mass behind her ear that doesn't hurt. Anyway, called Pediatrician today, and he felt as though we should still do bloodwork to get a look at the white blood cells and the lymphocytes. He said to make sure we aren't dealing with lymphoma or leukemia. He said he would want bloodwork if it was his child. I really appreciated that approach over just wait and see. Just a note...I have a brother who died from leukemia
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:12 PM
 
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Get some iodine from a pharmacy and try it topically on the lymph node. It is supposed to help shrink an enlarged node. It is a old wives' tale and I can't say if it will work for sure but it can't hurt.

It is good you are following up with a doctor.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:01 PM
 
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mythreeangels- Its good you called the pediatrician and they are following up more. I am sorry to hear you lost a brother. I hope everything works out well with your daughter. Hopefully it is only swollen for a minor reason, like allergies, past infection, virus, or something.
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