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Experience:  Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, health, prevention, complementary medicine, etc.
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I HAVE A SWOLLEN LEFT RIB WITH A SMALL MOVEABLE CYSTY AT THE

Customer Question

I HAVE A SWOLLEN LEFT RIB WITH A SMALL MOVEABLE CYSTY AT THE BOTTOM
JA: Any recent injuries? How long have you been dealing with the swelling?
Customer: 3 months
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have copd but not smoking now
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 4 months ago.
Hi there,
Welcome to JustAnswer.
What questions can I answer for you?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
MY LEFT RIB IS SWOLLEN AND IT HAS A SMALL CYST AT THE BOTTOM. The cyst is small
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 4 months ago.
Do you have a picture you can share?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
HOW DO I TAKE A PICTURE AND SEND IT
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 4 months ago.
Do you have a way to take a picture? If so you can use the paperclip icon to upload it
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 4 months ago.
When did you first notice this?
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 4 months ago.
Are you having a lot of pain?
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 4 months ago.
What is bothering you more - the cyst or the swelling?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 4 months ago.

Hi

I am a board certified doctor.

This needs exam and x ray to start

Have you had that?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
NO
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 4 months ago.

OK Just from the picture, this might be a bony tumor.

It might be muscle deterioration around the rib.

Those are some possibilities.

X ray is your next step, probably a visit to an orthopedist.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I ALSO HAVE DJS IS IT CANCER
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 4 months ago.

It could be either a benign lump, or a tumor.

No way to say without exam and x ray.

Show this to your primary care doctor.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
the cyst does not hurt worried about swelling
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 4 months ago.

All the more reason for an exam.

This can not be diagnosed without exam and x ray, maybe ultrasound, which would show a cyst, fatty tumor, etc.

I would do this as soon as you can.

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