I just noticed a small hard lump above my knee cap that I can move back and forth a little. It isn't sore or anything. It's a little smaller than a pea.
Hello and welcome to justanswer!What is the color and consistency of the lump?Any hisotry of truama on the knee?
It is under the skin, not on my skin. I walk around 30-40 miles a wk. but no trauma to the knee.
Thank you very much for your input.Sometimes , a fluid filled structure just in front of the knee cap called pre patellar bursa is chronically inflamed , with or without pain , due to some infection or trauma and the process causes fibrosis and inflammation , making a lump like structure in front of knee.The best option is to take out an x-ray and then apply a padded knee support or a support only for sometimes .If the lump doesn't get cured , the doctor can take out the fluid through a needle or through a minor surgical procedure.So lease see your physician to assess the possible ways to clear the lump.Hope i have answered your question.
I just wanted to be sure it couldn't possibly be any sort of cancer. I assume it wouldn't move around if it were something like a malignancy?
Yes , you are right , most of the malignancies , are fixed to underlying structures , and the malignant lump is mostly painful, rapidly growing and many a times oozing on the surface , associated with rapid loss of weight of the patient.It is not a malignancy apparently , and if it doesn't have any of the qualities, and the possibility of a chronic bursitis are tremendous.I will suggest you to see your physician to assess it and possible treatment modalities.
18 years experience in all fields of Surgery and Medicine. Vast experience in Emergency care.