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Preauricular lymph node? Remained same size 20 years?

I have a movable, rubbery, FLAT smaller than a pea (1/2 pea) sized lump in (upper) front of my right ear and right on the area where you feel your jaw open when opening mouth wide. It cannot be 'seen' and cannot be felt when mouth is wide open. No pain or change in size for at least 20 years. I found it years ago when massaging a sore jaw joint. It sort of feels like it's in a tendon and in front of the Tragus. No heat, not tender, no symptoms.

Preauricular lymph node?  Remained the same size for all these years?

From birth to age 54 I had constant ear infections.  Treatment when I was a small child was rupturing the ear drum.  Last ear infection was 10 years ago. (Stopped using anti histamines)

I have TMJ(D), use a night guard and actually broke 2 teeth loose from the bone about 6 years ago when I fell asleep during the Superbowl and wasn't wearing my mouthguard.

I have had NUMEROUS PET/CT's over the last 5 years for colon cancer and they were top of head to mid thigh and my oncologist specializes in head/ neck cancer so I'm sure he would have pointed out a problem.

I also had a full mouth x rays this summer, 3D xrays from under the jaw (when I convinced myself I had a clogged gland), bite wing and Panoramic X-rays. Last dental exam was in December. CBC, SMA, CEA all excellent.

Saw a crawler on the side of an anxiety forum page that said this particular gland was a sign of leukemia!  Now I'm scared and with our new insurance, it's $120 to ask my Primary one question!  I've had horrible HA since a liver resection in April 2012.  Please answer.
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As you have had this "lump" for the last 20 years and it has not changed in size, I should not worry about it.  

Also as you are able to move it about, it is likely to be a small lump of fat, that we can get anywhere on the body.   Should it start to get bigger and cause you discomfort, then you would need to seek medical attention and advice.

If you had leukemia, you would have more symptoms and would generally fell very ill and tired.  It would have also been picked up on blood tests.

Best wishes.
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This describes them.

Shotty: Resembling shot or pellets of lead, shotgun pellets and, hence, hard and round. The term "shotty" was in use in the 19th century. It is now generally obsolete but it is still in medicinal usage.

Shotty is very commonly used in describing the feel of lymph nodes (the lymph glands) when they are palpated (felt) through the skin. "Shotty" lymph nodes are ones that are not only hard and round but also small and surely of no consequence
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