A 26-year-old female asked:
saw an ortho doc for bony lump in arm. after x-ray they said it was bone & result of elbow ligament bunching up. said there were changes in bone but not cancer. should i seek 2nd opinion?
2 doctor answers
Dr. James Okamoto answered
28 years experience Family Medicine
Probably not : This is a fairly common problem around the elbow joint. If the x-ray showed normal bone and the lump is not enlarging or become tender, then there is probably no need to seek an immediate 2nd opinion unless you are really worried about it. Sometimes people need the peace of mind of a 2nd opinion, so if you are worried, by all means get a 2nd opinion. See doc again if it's enlarging or tender.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Douglas Miller answered
40 years experience Pathology
Maybe: The critical diagnosis you want to be sure of is that by the radiologist, not the orthopedist. Ask that your images be reviewed by a radiologist who is expert in the radiological appearance of bone tumors, to be sure that the non-tumor diagnosis is the correct one.
Answered on Jul 29, 2013
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