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Hi My son is 2 1/2 years old has right rib (number 5 or

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Hi

My son is 2 1/2 years old has right rib (number 5 or 6) swelling.
The swelling starts from the middle of the chest and few inches on the 6th right rib.

X-ray reports seem to be normal.

He had minor bruise near to the vertical line of the chest which helped us to identify this swelling.

Symptons are hard swelling (we thought it is bone, but X-ray indicated it is not),
with no pain.

Please help us by answering this question.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.
Greetings.

Since how long is the swelling?
What is the size of the swelling?
Can it be moved around or stuck to the underlying tissue?
Is it painful and / or tender?
Were any other investigation except chest x-ray done?

Dr. Arun
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Since how long is the swelling?

not sure.. may be 3 days. Not more than 1 month.


What is the size of the swelling?
2 inches in length, on the 5th right rib from Sternum. 5mm in hight/swelling

 

Can it be moved around or stuck to the underlying tissue?

it is stuck to the rib.


Is it painful and / or tender?

It is as hard as bone. No pain.


Were any other investigation except chest x-ray done?
Blood work done. waiting for reports.

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.
Hello

This is likely to be Fibroma or Lipofibroma or Chondroma. All of these are benign swellings and usually no treatment is required. An ultrasound or an MRI is the best medical imaging for the diagnosis.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

Dr. Arun
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