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Had hit on head. Lump appeared behind ear and bruise on neck. Worrisome

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my son fell yesterday hit his head right side lump behind the ear and large amount of brusing on his neck today when he woke up
Posted Thu, 26 Jul 2012 in Head Injuries
Answered by Dr. Pavan Kumar Gupta 1 hour later
hello and thanks for the query.
The injury on mastoid bone ( bone just behind ears) resulting in bruising over mastoid process and neck could be a fracture of the middle cranial fossa of skull.
In medical language such bruising is called as BATTLE'S sign.
I advise you not to take it lightly and go to ER for getting a MRI brain.
Best of luck.
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