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I have found a lump near my pubic area

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I have found a lump near my pubic area
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrOAB replied 9 years ago.

Dear poppy20:

Please clarify: Is this a firm, rubbery lump that is slightly moveable located along the crease between the abdomen and the thigh?

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Hello. Yes. it feels quite hard and is quite painful.
Expert:  DrOAB replied 9 years ago.


With presumably no trauma, you appear to be describing a reactive lymph node, a filtering gland of the immune system that swells in reaction to infection (e.g., a "cold"), among other things. Lymph nodes are usually not tender, but can become so when reacting and doing their job. The fact that yours is quite painful could indicate the need for physician evaluation for antibiotics, etc., if it involves any of the following: fever; skin changes (redness, swelling, bleed, clear or pus discharge); growth to more than 2cm (about an inch) diameter; marked pain, especially beyond 24-48 hours; persistence beyond 2-4 weeks.

Is there any personal or family history of lymphoma, leukemia, or tumor/cancer?

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Thanks for getting back to me. Have been feeling generally well - no cold, fever although did have a dizzy spell this week(this has never happened before). No obvious pain,redness etc. Came across lump while in the shower. Grandparents had cancer but no other family members as far as I know.
Im not one for seeking advice at the slightest ailment but thought I should get in touch as a result of finding a lump.
Expert:  DrOAB replied 9 years ago.


This is the same kind of lump that you might feel under the corner of your chin when you have a cold or sore throat. Being part of the immune system, lymph nodes can swell up even if the cause is elsewhere in the body (I've seen groin lymph nodes react to a nasal sinus infection).

Please follow the guidelines in the prior post about seeing a physician if any of the "red alert" criteria are met.

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Thanks for your help. Will monitor accordingly.