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Can us always diagnose suspicious mass in armpit? Area of left axillary looks black, feels hard/rubbery, burns, us was "normal". No other tests done.

Can us always diagnose suspicious mass in armpit? Area of left axillary looks black, feels hard/rubbery, burns, us was "normal". No other tests done.

No: If you have a mass- an us can be a good place to start but may not give full information. Mri would be the best imaging study to eval mass. Most definitive test would be a biopsy or excision of the mass. Re-discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more


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1.4cm mass and 1.4x1.5cm mass in armpit U/S inconclusive to identify them Doc believes it is a cyst and lymphnode Chances the masses are cancer? Im 18

Usually benign: Most lesions of the armpit/axilla at your age are benign. Malignant lesions in the armpit are usually lymph nodes associated with tumors on the arm or chest wall. If no lesions present which is what appears cystic lesions of the armpit at your age are associated with swelling of the sweat glands called hidradenitis. Soaks and antibiotics can help. If no response, biopsy may be needed ...Read more

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U/S inconclusive of 1.4cm mass and 1.4x1.5cm mass in armpit. Doc thinks its cyst&lymphnode but unsure U/S shows scarring on the masses. Cancer? I'm 18

U/S inconclusive of 1.4cm mass and 1.4x1.5cm mass in armpit. Doc thinks its cyst&lymphnode but unsure U/S shows scarring on the masses. Cancer? I'm 18

Needle or watch: If it was me, I'd watch it. Teen cancer doesn't present like this. Hodgkin's would be growing rapidly or you'd be sick. The other option if it's cystic or you're simply very anxious is to have it fine-needled. It's your call with your physician. You'd be amazed how many of your fellow teens have the same thing. ...Read more

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I have a small round mass in my armpit (near the surface), diameter probably a few mm. Should I be worried or get it checked?

I have a small round mass in my armpit (near the surface), diameter probably a few mm. Should I be worried or get it checked?

Why not?: Without knowing you and your history, the responsible things would be to advice you to get it checked. The very fact that you are concerned is reason enough to check it out. ...Read more

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I have no medical insurance and I have excess mass tissue under armpits since i was 15 super embarrassing is it expensive since I have no med coverage?

Tough problem.: It's likely that even if you had health insurance, removal of excess tissue under the arms would be seen as "elective" or "cosmetic, " meaning that you don't have to have it removed. So it really might be an out-of-pocket expense to you. There are some plastic surgeons who work on a sliding scale, or offer a payment plan to spread the cost out over a longer period of time. Lose weight if you need. ...Read more

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A hard mass inside my armpits keep forming. I amtold that if i pinch it will stun the growth and will disappear and it does, but it comes back.

A hard mass inside my armpits keep forming. I amtold that if i pinch it will stun the growth and will disappear and it does,  but it comes back.

Possible cyst: This may be a wen or other type of cyst that fills up and empties. Have your pcp examine it if it doesn't disappear. ...Read more