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

Bump on the scalp with sprouting tissues. What could it be?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by
Practicing since : 1983
Answered : 979 Questions
Hello, my son has a strange bump on his scalp with several sprouting tissues out of it. It is on the back of his head. Just one bump. What could that be
Posted Wed, 11 Apr 2012 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Minoo Bhagia 2 hours later

Thanks for posting the query

I would be in a better positing to answer your query, if you could provide me the following details like:
How old is your son?
Whether the lump is painful or not
Whether it is freely movable or fixed?
Did he have an injury?
Is there any skin colour change over the lump?

Based on your current description, I feel the lump could be a cyst; most common is sebaceous cyst with cheesy material inside. It is usually not painful until and unless it is infected.

A clear picture of the bump can be very useful to me to rule out other possibilities. I wish you to send a clear picture of the bump. You can attach the photo using the upload option available here. Yet, I do encourage you to visit a surgeon who after focal examination may be able to identify the condition and treat it.

Awaiting your reply.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Bump on the scalp with sprouting tissues. What could it be? 21 hours later
1. My son is 17
2. It bump hurts when it is touched
3. It is fixed to th scalp. It has a look of a coral or sprouts.
4. He did not have a injury. But I do wonder if he got something from the barber. He is a black male and has a very low hai cut.
5. The color of the bump I white. It is not very big but looks like a big pimp with sprouts coming from it.

I am going to continue to get you a picture.
Answered by Dr. Minoo Bhagia 2 hours later
Thanks for reverting back.
Given the history, a few possibilities arise:
a.     A lump caused by a razor
b.     A lipoma
c.     A sebaceous cyst
d.     Simple occipital protuberance
As I believe that more information can help a physician help a patient better, I would like to know the colour of the sprouts. If yellowish, they indicate an infection. If cheesy and white, they indicate a sebaceous cyst.
I would suggest that you send me a picture so that I can help you further. I would also suggest that you get it evaluated by a physician who can then prescribe appropriate therapy.

Awaiting your reply

I hope I have answered your query.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Dermatologist

© 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