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Welcome to JA - sorry you are going through this, let me opine.
It's likely a calcification if it's hard, that's the most common cause.
How long has it been there and at what rate has it grown? Does it hurt? Any other symptoms?
Here's some more information - I am overweight (5 7", 250 lbs) , and if feels almost like a pliable but hard little cylinder. It moves when pushed. It doesn't hurt, and I noticed it about 3 months ago, haven't noticed any growth.
It's still likely a calcification given the history.
However, this is a diagnosis of EXCLUSION meaning more scary things should be ruled out first.
So if not done recently, you should have:
- CBC (for lymphoma)
- TB test
- STD screen
If those are negative, then this is likely a calcification and can be monitored over time conservatively.
Does this help?
Dear Dr. Khan - How do I monitor a calcification, and what causes this?
calcifications seem to occur idiopathically in most people as they age (means we don't really know why).
That's why this is usually a benign finding. The best thing is for you to know how big this thing is and keep an eye on it. Check it every few days and if it is getting bigger, then get to a doc to get a biopsy done. If it doesn't change in size, then it's likely benign.
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