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I think my daughter might have broken her clavicle but there's no bruising or swelling but when i touch that area she says it hurts ?

I think my daughter might have broken her clavicle but there's no bruising or swelling but when i touch that area she says it hurts ?

May not see bruise: The clavicle is one of the more common bones to break in the body.In kids it can crack & be maintained in place by its surrounding fibrous sheath & the only initial sx may be point tenderness at the point of the crack. Within a day or two a bump may arise over the surface of the bone.If the kid doesn't want to use the arm/shoulder & complains about that location it is worth a visit. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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If I press just under my right clavicle it is super tender. It feels like a major bruise, yet there is no visible bruise or swelling.

If I press just under my right clavicle it is super tender. It feels like a major bruise, yet there is no visible bruise or swelling.

Continue to monitor: I would continue to monitor it. It depending upon where along the clavicle you are experiencing the tenderness it could be a bone bruise, muscle or joint sprain or even tender lymph nodes. In the absence of trauma, decreased function or worsening of symptoms, watching waiting would be appropriate. Certainly, see your primary care physician if it worsens. ...Read more

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Hard, painful (feels like a big bruise) lump in between breasts - seemingly on sternum. Does not move. 2-3in from clavicle. Should i get this checked?

Hard, painful (feels like a big bruise) lump in between breasts - seemingly on sternum. Does not move. 2-3in from clavicle. Should i get this checked?

Yes: Truly this hard, painful lump on your sternum could possibly be a hematoma (bruise). However, you would likely remember any trauma that may have caused such a lump. Without any recent trauma to the chest wall, i recommend having it checked asap. ...Read more

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Very Tender in the hollow area above my left clavicle and previously diagnosed with Costalchondritis in June that has not resolved. Should I be concerned?

Very Tender in the hollow area above my left clavicle and previously diagnosed with Costalchondritis in June that has not resolved.  Should I be concerned?

Costochondritis: By now costochondritis should have resolved. Would check chest XR or chest CT and also may consider mammogram. Any pain on shoulder or arm movement? Any parathesias? Bumps or lumps? Coudl be LN, vascular sternocledomastoid pain ( pain on neck movement? ) rarely thoracic outlet (usually arm pain F/U with doc ...Read more

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I am in severe pain, left neck, shoulder, & clavicle area. I have swelling about 3 inches across, in the cs joint area, very tender to touch. ?

I am in severe pain, left neck, shoulder, & clavicle area. I have swelling about 3 inches across, in the cs joint area, very tender to touch. ?

Abscess: You may be describing an abscess or pus pocket eg painful swelling. Best to go see your Family Doc ASAP for evaluation & treatment as you may need to get swelling lanced & drained then started on antibiotics. Go to Urgent Care or ER if necessary. You may apply warmth/heat temporarily if necessary. In meantime, mark circumference of swelling w/indelible pen to give docs some idea of spread. ...Read more

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Swollen bump the size of a marble between the right spine of scapula and the clavicle, not tender and is kinda hard? Is it cancer? What is it pls help

Swollen bump the size of a marble between the right spine of scapula and the clavicle, not tender and is kinda hard? Is it cancer? What is it pls help

Let me try to help: There is no way for me to till is not cancerous, but most likely not. Observe it for while and see the size and check it with family Doctor. ...Read more

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Sternal end of clavicle is grinding after acromioclavicular joint decompression. Tender only when I move the arm certain ways?What could it be wrong?

Sternal end of clavicle is grinding after acromioclavicular joint decompression. Tender only when I move the arm certain ways?What could it be wrong?

Inflammation: It depends on how long ago your AC joint decompression was. If the surgery was recently, it may be irritated/inflamed from surgery (positioning?) or from certain rehab exercises or overcompensation to protect AC joint. If the surgery was several months/years ago, there could be a small cartilage injury or some arthritis in the SC joint. This joint can become lax and get excess motion too. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruises may occur over skin that is injured. Bruising from very minor injury can be a sign ...Read more