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Old 05-06-2004, 08:37 AM   #1
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Lump in neck below ear and just behind jaw

I have a lump in my neck just below the ear lobe and just behind the angle of my jaw. I went to an ENT who said it could be a swollen gland or a cyst. The bump is about a centimeter in diameter. Maybe slightly more. But it is not a loose bump that moves around. It feels like it is a bump in the tissue. I would say the bump is firm but not hard.

Doc gave me Keflex (antibiotic) for 10 days and wants to see me in 14 days. He is slightly leaning toward a swollen gland but would not rule out a tumor. He thinks it is an inflamed node. If it doesn't go down in size, he wants to do a fine needle aspiration.

Any thoughts anyone?

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Old 05-06-2004, 11:57 AM   #2
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Re: Lump in neck below ear and just behind jaw

Hi there your situation is alot like my husbands.

He had a huge mass from his ear to his chin that was out

wise the size of a baseball or bigger. He went to the ER

and like you was put on keflex the ER doc called it a

submandibular mass and said to get follow up care asap.

This was a ordeal with clinic doctors and dragging it out

to long. They also mentioned cancer and after sticking him

with a 19 gage needle said the mass was solid and not

fluid filled. He had a cat scan and a nodule was found on

his upper lungs and he was sent to a surgeon. The surgeon

my first told us keflex was the wrong antibiotic

and that is why it did no good. He then knew right away

it was fluid filled and drained 3 containers of nasty gunk

first visit and almost 2 more on 2nd visit. It was not

cancer but one nasty infection/ cyst. He goes back Thurs.

to find out when they will remove it they wanted all the

fluid out first. They put him on two stronger antibiotics

and hubby is feeling great. All in all for us

from the day he went to the ER it was drug out for 8 weeks

to get a answer the waiting was terrible. Most docs work

alot faster sounds like your doctor is moving quickly

Hope all turns out for the best. Is your lump tender? My

hubbys was and we were told that is a good sign. His felt

very hard but that is because of the mass of infection he

had I about threw up when I seen the gunk that came out

of him ** just flat out nasty } Haylee

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Old 05-10-2004, 10:09 AM   #3
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Re: Lump in neck below ear and just behind jaw

Good news....I think. 72 hours after I started taking Keflex, the node completely disappeared. I actually had significant improvement after 48 hours. I was surprised that it cleared up since it was quite hard and about a centimeter and a half wide.

I guess this is good news. Now I hope that it just doesn't come back.

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