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The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced jaw lump. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Lymph Node Inflammation Behind the Ear

    There are lymph nodes behind the ear. Lymph nodes are where your immune cells live, and when they become enlarged, it could be from a nearby infection, immune response, or even backlog of blood.

    Depends on the outcomes of what is causing the enlargement

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain behind the ear, swelling behind the ears
    Symptoms that always occur with lymph node inflammation behind the ear:
    swelling behind the ears
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Mononucleosis Infection

    EBV Mononucleosis is a clinical syndrome characterized by fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes.

    2-3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), cough
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Osteoma of Skull and Facial Bones

    An osteoma is a benign (non-cancerous) outgrowth of bone, usually in the skull and facial bones. They are slow growing and usually cause no symptoms. Osteomas are noticed once they begin causing problems with breathing, vision, or hearing.

    Prognosis is good, as this is not cancer. Surgical excision is successful for most people.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    new headache, vision changes, steady headache, trouble swallowing, sinus pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

    This is a condition where the jaw bone is exposed (this happens if it is not covered by gums). To be called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), this condition must persist for at least 8 weeks. This disease is common among people taking medications called bisphosphonates or RANKL inhibitors.

    Resolves within months with conservative treatment.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    jaw pain, jaw lump, toothache, swollen jaw, heavy jaw
    Symptoms that always occur with osteonecrosis of the jaw:
    jaw pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is caused by trauma or surgery.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored armpit bump, marble sized armpit lump, small armpit lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored armpit bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  6. 6.Tooth Abscess (Infection)

    A tooth abscess is a collection of infected material (pus) in the center of a tooth. It is due to bacterial infection.

    Resolves after treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    severe jaw or tooth pain, swollen jaw, jaw stiffness, tooth pain that gets worse with hot, cold, or sweet beverages, warm and red jaw swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with tooth abscess (infection):
    severe jaw or tooth pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Fibrosarcoma

    The connective tissue found at the ends of bones of the arm or legs can change significantly with aging. Some of these changes can become a serious health risk.

    Prognosis is highly variable and a consultation from a specialist may be required to determine the outlook.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    neck bump, pain in one knee, abdominal bump, hard palpable mass, spontaneous bone pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Overactive Thyroid

    The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid glands control how fast one burns calories and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. This is called hyperthyroidism.

    Great prognosis with high remission rates

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Jaw Lump

  • Q.Do you have a sore throat?
  • Q.Have you been experiencing a deep, aching bone pain that started for no apparent reason?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?

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Jaw Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced jaw lump have also experienced:

    • 12% Jaw Pain
    • 4% Scalp Bump
    • 3% Moderate Jaw Pain
  • People who have experienced jaw lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 37% Less Than a Week
    • 28% Less Than a Day
    • 19% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced jaw lump were most often matched with:

    • 36% Lymph Node Inflammation Behind the Ear
    • 36% Mononucleosis Infection
    • 27% Osteoma of Skull and Facial Bones
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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