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What causes lump in ear lobe?

hi I have a large lump in my right ear lobe. I first noticed it a year ago after my first gout attack. But it is not close to the skin or colord like the pictures I have seen of tophis. This lump has grown alot in the last week it is flat in some spots and ball shaped in others it seems to be getting into the cartlege of my ear. it does not hurt but there is heat comming from the lobe. its been a month since my last gout attack. any suggestions on what it is and how to treat it
Mon, 5 Oct 2015
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HI,Welcome to HCM.
Based on the facts of your query,you seems to suffer from -Tophaceous Gout.Other causes could be-Rheumatoid nodules.calcinosis cutis,and need to be ruled out.
High uric acid levels(hyperuricemia) and microscopic study of the Gouty tophus fixes the diagnosis.
As ear is the most common site of Gouty tophus,other than elbow bursitis,your ear lump mostly is from Gouty tophus.
Hope this would resolve your query and worry with it.

Welcome for any further query in this regard

Will appreciate writing your feedback review comments,to help the needy patients like you at HCM.

Good Day!!
     
Dr.Savaskar,
Senior Surgical Specialist
M.S.Genl-CVTS
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