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Can a bump on the back of right ear be an underlying mastoid problem?

Hi may be you could find out if my daughter s got Mastiod after having gromet s, MRI SCAN AND CONSTANT INFECTION S BEINGtold that evrything inthe garden s rosy when it s not. Now this bump s onthe back of her right hand ear and no antibiotics are touching it . similar situation to my other daughter, now 23yrs had to end up habing a masstiod after constant ear infection s, then had to have her ear drum uplifted.However tth operation did nt work with her as they both retracted. It seem s like we are going through the whole nightmare again and it s never ending. The hospital do not want to do anything cause at the end of the day it all cost money and we feel that we are bangingi our head against abrick wall, simal to fort Knox any suggestions?
Wed, 17 Apr 2019
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Hello,

In most cases, the cause is benign and should not worry you. If this I soft and not paiful then this in most cases indicates swollen lymph node, lipoma or atheroma. And ifthis is hard and immobile swelling behind the ear would be a bony swelling, most commonly known as osteoma.

These swellings are generally asymptomatic and require no treatment. However if it increases in size or you develop pain then I would like you to meet an ent doctor for further evaluation and treatment.
The other swelling in the neck is likely to be a lymph node and since it has not increased in size for the past few years then you have nothing to worry. No treatment is required.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein, General Surgeon
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