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Lump on head, near ear, numbness, pulsating. What could it be?

Hi, I have a small, painless lump on the right side of my head, above my ear. I've had it for about 3 months. It moves with my skin when I move it around. Like I said it is painless, and also colorless. It's ununiform in shape, and about the size of pencil eraser. When I move it around a lot, my head above my ear seems to go numb a little. Also, many times at night, when I sleep on the right side of my head, it starts pulsing very fast and sporadically. It doesn't hurt it's just very annoying. Do you have any input on what this could be? A doctor at a physical mentioned it could be a mole or something but I don't think so.
Asked On : Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Dec 2013
Welcome and thanks for posting your query to HCM.
After reading your problem there are possibilities of your problem:
1.Lipoma:A simple fatty tissue growth beneath the skin. It is painless, soft, movable lump.
2. Dermoid cysts: It is an overgrowth of normal tissue in an abnormal location.
3.Sebaceous cysts: these are due to a blockage in a sebaceous gland(produce oil in the skin).
All of the above conditions are totally benign condition. The reason for numbness and pulsatile nature might be due to the location of the lump over nerve and artery respectively, giving compression on these structure.
The most important suggestion is that a bump on head of any kind should never be ignored (whether small or large). You should meet a surgeon who can help you out in diagnosing the condition at his best.
Hope to give you the best of the information.
With best health wishes,
Dr Sanjay K Kanodia
MD ( Dermatology and STD/ Venereology)
Answered: Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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