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Hello,I suspect that your xiphoid process is simply more prominent because of your weight loss. In some people, the xiphoid can actually appear like a mass or lump.I would have your doctor take a look at it to confirm but it is unlikely that you have developed any type of cyst in the bone of the xiphoid.Inflammation of the xiphoid, called xiphoidalgia or painful xiphoid syndrome, can occur but is rare. It usually resolves on its own and the underlying cause is unknown. The treatment of this is with anti-inflammatories and steroid injections if the pain persists and is severe. The diagnosis is made if there is tenderness over the xiphoid when palpated.Feel free to ask any follow up questions.Dr Abby