Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
163 Doctors are Online

Have swollen lymph node behind ear. What should be done?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General Surgeon
Practicing since : 2008
Answered : 5372 Questions
I have what appears to be a swollen lymph node behind my right ear
Posted Sun, 24 Mar 2013 in Cancer
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 10 minutes later

Thank you for the query.

Lymph node can get enlarged due to infection in surrounding area (this is most common) and sometimes due to cancer metastases. If the lymph node is swollen due to cancer it is painless, hard and not movable.
The lymph node which is swollen due to infection can be painful, is always movable and has smooth surface. If you have any tooth pain, ear pain, fever, skin infection, this is the most reason of this lymph node enlargement.
If this lymph node seems more to be like metastatic, the best way to rule the cancer out is to remove it and send to histopathological tests.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Oncologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor