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I am online and happy to help you with your question today. How long has this bump been present? Does it hurt? Does it move under the skin? Does the overlying skin look normal?
it has benn there for about 5 months, it does not hurt when i move it but when i put my palm and push it hurts
How large is it?
inch wide and about 1- 1.5 inch long
And, just so I understand, it is under the skin, overlying the ribs, you can move it around without pain, the skin looks normal over it and it has been there for a while, a year or more, without any large changes?
Do I have it right so far?
Oh ya, and your doctor has examined it and doesn't seen concerned and is refusing to do any other workup....right. OK. 5 months;
yes, when i depress the rib cage it hurt
Ok. Got it. You know, in the USA a doctor would be happy to image this for you.....Medicine sure is different in Canada :(
Well, I don't think that this bump is anything to worry about from what you have told me. As a surgeon, it sounds like you have a lipoma which is a benign (non cancerous) mass that is made of fatty (adipose) tissue. They are very common and can occur anywhere on your body.
Here is a good webpage on this topic:
Does this make sense to you?
No treatment or further imaging is necessary and you should be OK
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I see that you are offline. I'll switch over to the Q&A system. This system works a lot like 'text messaging' but an email is sent to each of us anytime something is posted to this thread. We can continue to work on your question there..... :)