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Is that mobile or seems fixed?
is the overlying skin red or warmer than surrounding?
Is that mobile or seems fixed? fixed
is the overlying skin red or warmer than surrounding?no
and you have this for last one year?
Do you have anyother lump in the body anywhere?
ok thats good.
For how long exactly is that painful?
Do you have fever?
Has it enlarged in size progressively over that years time?
ok can i ask your name?
Jack thanks a lot for your input.
Well from your description it is quite obvious that its a bening growth.
As per description it can be a cyst but its slightly less likely because of the hard consistency.
The other possibility can be a infected lipoma.
As far cysts are concerned yes it can be ganglion cyst but it can also be sabecous cyst.
at the base of my sternum
You mean ganglion cyst at base of sternum?
if so i didn't mean that.
I meant to say that it can be a cyst but more likely to be a sabecous cyst .
yes. it is where the cartilidge should be soft. if i was doing cpr i would put my two fingers one this part of my sternum..
you mean lower part of sternum?
yes thats why i said that lipoma or infected sabecous cyst is more likely because that is the more likely site for such lesion.
Yes i understand.
ok. next steps?
You mean the part just below the xiphoid process.
This picture shows xiphoid process.
on the xiphoid process
If its on the xiphoid process then one other possibility of lesions like chondromas.
You need to do the following steps.
OTC Pain killers like Aleve twice daily is what i usually advise to my patients in early stages for pain control.
Application of local anti inflammatory cream helps too along with heating pad application.
For diagnosis, xrays, ultrasound and needle biopsy can be required.
Treatment is according to the cause.
Mostly these benign masses are removed and then their histopathological nature is further confirmed in lab.
is this a serious issue or do i have time?
No these growths are almost always benign and they are not life threatening.
You should consult your doctor for further investigations but donot stress yourself at all because you are going to be fine
and i wish you good luck for that.
Do you have any question?
no. thank you
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