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I have a tiny smaller than pea size hard lump below my ear behind the back of my jaw. It does not hurt. I can feel a soft lymph node about the size of a pea underneath which I can feel but I cannot feel the same the other side. What could this be? I also have a flat soft lump under my arm pit which moves around this is about 2cm but very flat.

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Thank you for choosing DoctorSpring.

I would like some clarification and additional information from you so that I can provide my best learned opinion.

1. You mean to say that the pea size swelling is probably a lymph node, and is not present on other side rigt ? Or are there two swelling in behind the jaw ?

2. For how long these swellings (the one in armpit and the one in neck) is there ?

3. Is there any history of cough / fever / wounds / similar swellings / any other significant symptoms ?

4. Are the swellings painful ? Are they easily movable ?

You can reply as a followup.
Thank you

Patient replied :

There are 2 swellings behind the jaw on the left and none on the right. The swelling that is hard is very small smaller than pea and lymph node below that is soft and movable.

I'm not sure how long neck swelling has been there but armpit about 1 year soft and movable.

No other symptoms.

Thank you for the additional information.

All the there swellings (including the small one) are possibly lymph nodes. As you might be aware that lymph nodes are normal glands which can enlarge during infection and inflammation. Few enlarged nodes can be normal in most of the cases.

Also since you have the arm pit swelling for a year without much symptoms are enlargement it is probably not significant.

HOWEVER you will need to undergo a physical examination by your Doctor and a basic blood test to make sure everything is alright. During the physical examination your Doctor will look for enlargement at any other site.

A complete blood count and peripheral smear test may be required.

Hope this helps
Feel free to ask followup questions.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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