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Bump Under Skin at Base of Skull

12/08/2010

Question:

Hello, 49 year old male. I have this bump that is at the base of my skull, right side perhaps 3 inches from the center of the spine, just above the hairline. It feels rubbery and does not move. I don`t notice it usually, but after pressing on it (repeatedly) it is just a bit tender. If I don`t mess with it, no tenderness. It seems perfectly round and perhaps about dime sized (or less). I don`t know how long it has been there, but at least several months. Thank you! PS: I have no insurance at present, so any help is appreciated!

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. Any neck mass present for more than 2 weeks is considered abnormal and should be evaluated. You need a good head and neck evaluation, possibly a scan, and maybe even a biopsy. Make sure you see your health care provider as only a health professional performing a thorough clinical exam is able to evaluate your symptoms.
 

The US Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Primary Health Care has a directory that will help you find a clinic that will give you medical, including dental care, even if you have no medical insurance or money.

Coverage For All.org also contains information about free medical care and programs in your area.

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Cheryl  Koliha-Brandt, MSN, RN, CNS, CORLN Cheryl Koliha-Brandt, MSN, RN, CNS, CORLN
Clinical Nurse Specialist and Instructor of
Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology 
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University