Lymph Node Problems Behind The Ears

What Causes Lump Behind The Ear?

Lump behind the ear can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'critical'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose lump behind the ear, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "lump behind the ear" as a symptom.  Here are seven possibilities:
  • CLL Leukemia
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Vasectomy Side-Effects
  • Enlarged Lymph Nodes
  • Lymphatic Congestion
  • Kali Mur Need
  • Infectious Mononucleosis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
reduced sense of smell
painful axillary nodes
shortness of breath when at rest
elevated lymphocyte count
very watery eyes
frequent painful inguinal nodes
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
unusual current rash
frequent swollen inguinal nodes
regular sore throats
bloodshot eyes
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of lump behind the ear:
Cause Probability Status
Sarcoidosis 99% Confirm
Enlarged Lymph Nodes 28% Unlikely
CLL Leukemia 16% Unlikely
Vasectomy Side-Effects 3% Ruled out
Kali Mur Need 2% Ruled out
Lymphatic Congestion 0% Ruled out
Infectious Mononucleosis 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate recent swollen/painful lymph nodes, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
BEHIND EARS: Do you have any swollen or tender lymph nodes here?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Yes, swollen but not tender
→ Yes, tender but not swollen
→ Yes, swollen and tender
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either no postauricular node problems or postauricular node problems, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Enlarged Lymph Nodes

Enlarged Lymph Nodes also suggests the following possibilities:

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