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Hard lump on the head after an injury. Is this dangerous?

Hi, I am 16 years old (male) and i was playing with my hair and found a small finger end sized lump on th bottom left side of my head crown. I m slightly worried because I have not recently caused any injury/bump to my head and so I would be delighted to know what caused it, how long it lasts, is it dangerous and can I help it go away???? I will be very gratefull to the pro doc who can confidently answer my questions. P.s. I will not go to the doctors unless its major (cancerous etc. many thanks.
Asked On : Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Dear Concerned.,

Thanks for writing to us.
As per your own admission in history, you have not injured your head at all.This rules out Scalp Haematoma.

The small finger tip sized swelling you are describing on the left Parieto Occipital area in all likely hood is an enlarged sebaceous(oil producing gland) gland due to blockage in its pore.We call it a Sebaceous Cyst.If it becomes infected then it becomes painful.Appearance of multiple sebaceous cysts are common on scalp .

Under local anaesthesia ,after routine investigations it can be removed by a minor Surgical Procedure called "Enucleation"ie., removal of enlarged sebaceous cyst along with its capsule and its contents.

Kindly approach a qualified Gen Surgeon for the same.

You need not fear it to be malignant at all.

Wish you a speedy recovery.,

Best Regards.,

Dr Lt Cdr ASN Bhushan.
Answered: Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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