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Hard lump behind ear

Took my 13yr old son to Dr today, he has a hard lump behind left ear. After an exam, Dr said not a lumph node, the lump doesn't move, about the size of a larger jelly bean and is sore when touched or pushed on. Not sure if pain comes from pushing on the lump or from the pressure of the lump against his bone when pushing. No sign of infection in ear or around/on lump itself. no sign of bite etc..... not sure how long it's been there, just noticed last night.

Have been referred to an ENT next week, but just trying to get any idea what it may be.
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Hi, it could be enlarged lymph node/nodes. Lymph are protective mechanisms of the body and they 'trap' the infecting source causing enlargement of lymph nodes. The infection can be from the draining skin or the organs. The other causes for enlarged nodes are tumors or inflammations to name a few. The swelling and pain could also be due to mastoiditis, which is infection of the bone behind the ear. This happens when there is a middle ear infection, which spreads to involve the mastoid bone. Your consult with the ENT specialist can help diagnose the cause for his symptoms. Good luck. Regards.
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