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I have a hard lump just below left rib cage. It doesn't move or cause pain but has doubled in size in around 2 months and is now visible when standing?

I have a hard lump just below left rib cage. It doesn't move or cause pain but has doubled in size in around 2 months and is now visible when standing?

Medical evaluation: Please have this lump examined in person by a medical provider. Any lump that has grown that fast warrants a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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A friend has severe pain and hard lump below lower left ribs; a CT scan and blood work in the ER were negative. Could it still be a hernia? What else?

A friend has severe pain and hard lump below lower left ribs; a CT scan and blood work in the ER were negative. Could it still be a hernia? What else?

Hernia Doubtful: Cts are pretty reliable for identifying abdominal wall hernias (less so, in the groin); this fact along w/the location of the lump make a hernia very unlikely. In fact, a normal ct should be very reassuring for "ruling-out" anything too serious. I have seen muscle spasms of the abdominal wall cause similar symptoms but that's a stretch w/o a formal exam. Your friend should follow-up w/their dr. ...Read more

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Small hard lump left side below rib cage on side of stomach. Detected today, more easily detected standing up?

Small hard lump left side below rib cage on side of stomach. Detected today, more easily detected standing up?

Possible hernia: A hernia is a tear in the abdominal muscle. If you have one on your left side then it would show up as a bump in this area and might feel like a pulled muscle. Hernias need to be repaired surgically. Please have an evaluation by your medical doctor to determine what is going on and best course of treatment. ...Read more

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Please help! I'm having painful hard lump below my rib cage on the left?

Painful hard lump: Dear riana,

the possible causes of a 'painful hard lump' includes everything from an abcess (a boil) to sebaceous cyst to hematoma, and even benign lipomas, which can sometimes become uncomfortable. Fortunately for you, most physicians, including your pcp, will typically be able to quickly tell you what it is, and help treat you - if any treatment is actually necessary. So go to your pcp asap. ...Read more

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I have painful hard lump below my rib cage on the left. What could this be?

I have painful hard lump below my rib cage on the left. What could this be?

Bone spur: The usual cause of superficial lump is lypoma. Rarely could it be a small bony growth or neuroma. A lypoma is usually painless, freely mobile, and remains stable over time. Bone spur is hard, fixed and tender on palpation. Neuroma may or may not painful but usually fixed. Just monitor for changes in size, superficial ulceration, changes in color and any suspicious changes talk to your PCP. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump on my rib cage left side and sharp pains and I can move it what is it?

I have a hard lump on my rib cage left side and sharp pains and I can move it what is it?

Mgt: It is probably an enlarged lymph node, and an evaluation is advised. A complete blood count and ESR may be ordered as indicated. If there is an infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. ...Read more

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I have a lump that suddenly developed on my left side between my bottom 2 ribs not attached to the skin firm painful and doubled in size overnight?

Abscess vs cyst: You may be describing sebaceous cyst, ingrown hair or even an abscess (pus pocket). Best to see your Family Doc for examination, diagnosis & treatment. S/he may lance (drain) it if it feels full of fluid. Less likely to be lipoma which are benign but don't usually double in size overnight. ...Read more

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Pain in upper left rib cage. There is a semi hard lump, does not move. Hurts when laying on right side or sitting weird. Had it for about 3 or 4 years?

Pain in upper left rib cage. There is a semi hard lump, does not move. Hurts when laying on right side or sitting weird. Had it for about 3 or 4 years?

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Lump inner left corner left rib cage. No direct pain, some general rib pain occasionally. Hard, not movable. Been there for a year. Teenager.

Hard to say: It's a common spot to have lipomas and other benign lumps, but if it can't be moved around that may pint toward something else. Skin is hard to diagnose without looking at it. Please get it checked out. ...Read more

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I noticed a hard, painless lump on my lower left rib cage, as if the rib had pushed out by a centimeter (small region), linked to the bone. What is it?

I noticed a hard, painless lump on my lower left rib cage, as if the rib had pushed out by a centimeter (small region), linked to the bone. What is it?

Lump: This may be the xiphoid process-a piece of cartilage at the lower end of the sternum (breast bone). This is normal and is usually in the midline and can protrude in the upper abdomen but in your case may be slightly to the left. To be sure, you'd need to have a physician examine you, however. ...Read more

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I'm 23yr female with fam history of cancer and I have a small hard lump with some pain on lower left rib cage that is movable. It goes from on top of rib cage to under bottom of it. Can u please help me?

I'm 23yr female with fam history of cancer and I have a small hard lump with some pain on lower left rib cage that is movable. It goes from on top of rib cage to under bottom of it. Can u please help me?

Sounds Like: It might be an EXOSTOSIS (small bony lump originating in one of your ribs) HOWEVER the only way to be totally re-assured is to visit your PCP (Primary Care Provider) for a "look see" and opinion!


Hope this is helpful/Good Luck
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have a lump on tge left side of my stomach just below rib cage. It is hard. Should I be worried.

I have a lump on tge left side of my stomach just below rib cage. It is hard. Should I be worried.

Mass: You must be evaluated to make sure there is no mass in your inner organs or even a hernia which would me somewhat unusual to found at that site. ...Read more

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Hard marble size lump under rt rib and rubbery lump on left rib, would a chest xray notice these when I had one?

Hard marble size lump under rt rib and rubbery lump on left rib, would a chest xray notice these when I had one?

Chest xray: May not be able to visualize these. Ultrasound and possibly CT or MRI might be more useful. The first step, however, is to have your doctor evaluate the lumps. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my left rib with pain in my back and upper left side. The lump is not as hard as bone, but doesn't feel like a fatty tumor.

I have a lump on my left rib with pain in my back and upper left side. The lump is not as hard as bone, but doesn't feel like a fatty tumor.

Multiple causes: Hi,
Could be cartilage's growth, might be lymph nodes
I can better tell you on examination, if need be imaging might be necessary. Please make an appointment if concern persists ...Read more

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I am 24 yr Old female. I have a hard pea sized lump under my skin on left side of abdomen. It is near the bottom of my ribs. It has been there for the last 3 months. Some slight discomfort when I push on it or try to move it.?

I am 24 yr Old female. I have a hard pea sized lump under my skin on left side of abdomen. It is near the bottom of my ribs. It has been there for the last 3 months. Some slight discomfort when I push on it or try to move it.?

Lump: Difficult to tell you what it is without a physical exam. It could be a sebaceous cyst, tiny abdominal wall hernia, tiny lipoma, aberrent lymph node..... Please see your physician to examine it and perhaps have it biopsied and removed. Even some benign lumps like lipomas can cause discomfort sometimes. ...Read more

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I'm a 39 yr old female. I just found a hard knot/lump under my left breast. Its small and feels like it is on my rib. Should I be concerned??

I'm a 39 yr old female. I just found a hard knot/lump under my left breast. Its small and feels like it is on my rib. Should I be concerned??

Hope for the best: Hopefully this turns out to be a benign finding such a lipoma. However, given its anatomical locations, other things should be evaluated for. The physical exam and bedside ultrasound may hold the answer. Please see your doctor asap to address your concerns. ...Read more

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Lump over my left rib cage for over a year. Doc said it's a lipoma- but it is a firm mass and hurts sometimes. Mobile. Approx 5cm x 2cm. Concerning?

Lump over my left rib cage for over a year. Doc said it's a lipoma- but it is a firm mass and hurts sometimes. Mobile. Approx 5cm x 2cm. Concerning?

Check it out: Lipomas are generally benign fatty growths. However, you can never be 100% sure it is a lipoma without removing it and checking it. Also, if it is becoming painful that may be grounds to have it removed and examined. ...Read more

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32 years old Male, I have visible 2 inch lump on left ribs (rib 6 or 7) hard, bone like no pain, what type of imaging help beside Xray or ultrasound?

32 years old Male, I have visible 2 inch lump on left ribs (rib 6 or 7) hard, bone like no pain, what type of imaging help beside Xray or ultrasound?

Depends on exam: These are quite common. This may be an old fracture, or it's fairly common to have a bone bump at the costochondral junction. If it were me, and the thing was growing, I'd settle for a plain x-ray film which should be enough to rule a worrisome tumor in or out. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my left rib cage plus have iregular heart beats and if I eat too much its hard to breath?

I have a lump on my left rib cage plus have iregular heart beats and if I eat too much its hard to breath?

Lump on ribs: Hard to know. Go see a dr. We can only especulate. One possibility is gastroparesis with dilatation of stomach, another enlarged heart with prominent apex? . Irregular heart beat needs to be clarified; is it pvcs or atrial fibrillation. Need ekg or holter monitor. Lump on chest rib cage needs to be seen, and probably x rayed. ...Read more

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I hav hard tender lump under skin on my lower ribs on left side of back, also I have a tender spot on rib upper right next to degen. Thorasic spine.?

I hav hard tender lump under skin on my lower ribs on left side of back, also I have a tender spot on rib upper right next to degen. Thorasic spine.?

Best to consult...: Large, tender or especially growing or changing lesions should always be evaluated by a professional. They could be something as benign as a lipoma (benign fatty deposit) or they could be something more important. Please see your doctor. ...Read more