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What causes an ear growth with neck glands and lymph nodes swelling?

When I look in my 4 yr olds ear with an otoscope he has a black hair like object. Its texture looks like a stitch. What would that be? For at least six months now he has had swollen glands and lymph nodes throughout his neck, is there any connection between the two?
Thu, 22 Nov 2018
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Hello,

A child with swelling in the neck suggests of lymphadenopathy or lymph node swelling.

Does he have a fever, significant weight loss? does he have any other complaints like hearing loss on that side of the ear?

He needs a few investigations of the blood like total and differential counts and the lymph nodes need to be evaluated by both general physical exam and probably a lymph node biopsy.

The black mass in the ear needs to be examined by an otoscope and removed by an ENT Surgeon.

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

Take care

Regards,
Dr ASHWIN BALIGA, Pediatrician
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