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What causes bulging on upper spine?

My daughter is 9 and has been complaining about the back of her neck hurting. When I looked and felt behind her neck it appeared that the top of her spine was bulging out more than normal. Just wondering how big that knot should be and if this is what is probably causing her the discomfort? Should I get this check out or could this be growing pain or something like thst?
Tue, 18 Mar 2014
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Thanks for the question.
9 yrs old girls with swelling behind neck,probable cause-
Lipoma (subcutaneous fat growth)
Bursitis
Abcess- tubercular/infective may be spinal origin
Many more
If it is not hurting her wait and watch and look for progression of swelling,pain,appearance.
If it is progressive in size you have to consult local orthopaedician.
After the examination of swelling he can advice you further treatment.
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What causes bulging on upper spine?

Thanks for the question. 9 yrs old girls with swelling behind neck,probable cause- Lipoma (subcutaneous fat growth) Bursitis Abcess- tubercular/infective may be spinal origin Many more If it is not hurting her wait and watch and look for progression of swelling,pain,appearance. If it is progressive in size you have to consult local orthopaedician. After the examination of swelling he can advice you further treatment.