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What does a movable lump on jaw line indicate?

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Posted on Sat, 12 Jul 2014
Question: I found today a pea size lump that is moveable under my skin along the right jawline, thought is was a pimple but tonight I found another one on the opposite side in same area but that one has a small head on it. They both move so they are not attached to my bone. Any idea?

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Answered by Dr. Ashish Verma (24 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
could be sebaceous cyst or lymph node

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX

The pea size lump with a head over is most likely to be a sebaceous cyst. Other possibility is of lymph nodes but they usually don't have heads.

Both these are usually not concerning. However I would suggest that you show it to a surgeon for a clinical examination. If it turns out to be a cyst, you may get it removed by him. Its a minor procedure that can be done at your surgeon's office under local anaesthesia.

If its a lymph node then a course of antibiotics will be needed.

Hope i have been helpful.

Regards,
Dr. Ashish Verma
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Brief Answer: could be sebaceous cyst or lymph node Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX The pea size lump with a head over is most likely to be a sebaceous cyst. Other possibility is of lymph nodes but they usually don't have heads. Both these are usually not concerning. However I would suggest that you show it to a surgeon for a clinical examination. If it turns out to be a cyst, you may get it removed by him. Its a minor procedure that can be done at your surgeon's office under local anaesthesia. If its a lymph node then a course of antibiotics will be needed. Hope i have been helpful. Regards, Dr. Ashish Verma