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balls are rock hard and fixed, they feel like bone

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I have had these hard balls under my ear, right behind my jawbone for years now, but recently they've grown bigger. They're rock hard and fixed, they feel like bone and the one on the right side is larger than the left, about 2cm. In 2006 I had surgery on my jaw to correct a weak chin so I don't know if it could be related, plus I have tinnitus (started in 2006 too) and I believe I tend to grind my teeth in my sleep.


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replied November 26th, 2012
Lymphoma Answer A40616
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
It is difficult to comment on the exact cause for the hard balls under ear behind jawbone that you describe without examining them. They could be the lymph nodes and if they have appeared after your surgery, chances of infection, or infiltration, or calcification affecting the nodes can be present. If these are asymptomatic, you can leave them alone. If worried about them, visit your doctor/healthcare provider for examination to determine if these are hardened lymph nodes or any other swelling. If the examination confirms them to be lymph nodes, FNAC can be done to look at the cellular composition. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and evaluation results) would be started to help you. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/healthcare provider and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.


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