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Lump behind the ear reducing in size. Malignant mass or swollen lymph node?

Hi, this query is for my younger brother who has a lump behind his left year on the lower part of the year. Initially when the lump came out it was big ( about the size of golf ball) but later on it shrunk and now it is size of a pea. It first came out a year ago. we re really worried and concerned, whether it could be malignant mass or is it just a swollen lymp node? Does a malignant mass ever reduces in size than its initial size. I will really appreciate any feedback. Thank you very much in advance
Asked On : Tue, 11 Dec 2012
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hi there, as you have said that the lump has decreased in size over the year it is more suggestive of a lymph node and not something malignant, but still to be safe and sure I would suggest that you get a FNAC done of the lump which will indicate the nature of the lump and whether it can be treated by a course of antibiotics or will require some surgury. Usually maliugnant lumps will not reduce in size over the year and so this lump seems to be quite harmless , nonetheless do get it investigated. Take care.
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