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I have a lump on my collar bone and was told it's lipoma, should I get a biopsy?

I have a lump on my collar bone and was told it's lipoma, should I get a biopsy?

It depends: A lipoma, a benign fatty tumor, has a characteristic feel. It is squishy, rubbery, and moves easily under the skin. A doctor diagnoses a lipoma by feel, location, and absence of other symptoms. If the lipoma doesn't grow and isn't causing symptoms, most doctors leave them alone. If a lipoma grows or becomes painful, an ultrasound or biopsy might be needed. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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2 lymph nodes above collar bone. Had an US doc said they are reactive and max 9mm. Should I still push for biopsy? I don't have any symptoms of infec.

2 lymph nodes above collar bone. Had an US doc said they are reactive and max 9mm. Should I still push for biopsy? I don't have any symptoms of infec.

Listen to doc: What would be gained by pushing for biopsy? You may watch and wait. You may feel the nodes every couple of weeks, if the lymph glands double in size, become painful, ulcerate, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, you should consult your doctor again, as it would be time for biopsy then.
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I have a lump on the right side of my neck above my collar bone. I've had it for many years no changes. Doc said not to worry but I do. Biopsy?

I have a lump on the right side of my neck above my collar bone. I've had it for many years no changes. Doc said not to worry but I do. Biopsy?

If you are still: Worried after your doctor told you not to worry, then get a second opinion. An ENT or head & neck surgeon would be able to evaluate your condition. ...Read more

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Swalling right upper collar bone?

Swalling right upper collar bone?

More info: Where, painfull, moveable, actually attached 2 bone, how long has it been there, has it ever been x-rayed or been eval by ortho? Give us a little more info & may b able 2 answer. It's more of a statement with a? After it. ...Read more

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How do you break your collar bone?

How do you break your collar bone?

Forward fall: A very common way to fracture the collar bone is to fall forward with your hands out in front bracing for the fall. ...Read more

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What is the enlarged bone under collar bone?

What is the enlarged bone under collar bone?

Coracoid: You may be feeling a bony hook on the front of the scapula (shoulder blade bone) that is known as the coracoid. ...Read more

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Could you break your collar bone without knowing it?

No: Would be extremely unusual to suffer a broken collarbone (clavicle) wiithout an injury and without knowing that you did so. Not impossible but rare. Some possibilities could include a bone lesion that has weakened the bone to the point that it breaks with no injury. However, you would likely realize that you broke it as it should be painful. ...Read more

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What are possible reasons that my collar bone hurts randomly?

See a physician: If this has been going on for some time you should definitely see a physician. Your pain could be anything from chest pathology (i.e. The lungs) to something involving the clavicle bone itself to nerve associated pain. ...Read more

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Why does my collar bone making popping noises?

Why does my collar bone making popping noises?

Arthritis: It is likely some mild arthritis causing some clicking and popping. Unless it is hurting I would not focus too much on the noise. Lots of shoulders make noise. ...Read more

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Why is the area around my collar bone inflammed?

Why is the area around my collar bone inflammed?

Lifting weights: I see that you are 21 years old. The most common reason for this in a presumably healthy and active person is resistance exercises with the upper extremity. Classic examples include lifting weights, push-ups, and even certain yoga positions such as downward dog or plank. These activities cause a lot of force to go through the ac joint and collarbone. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling or enlargment of collar bone?

First diagnose the -: Cause of the swelling, so see your pcp.
Ibuprofen will help with swelling and discomfort; a sling will help to relieve the pulling effect of the weight off the arm.
Importantly get the cause diagnosed, as the treatment would depend on that. ...Read more

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Could you die from a broken collar bone?

Not expected: A simple broken collar bone is regarded as a minor fracture and not usually one to die from but any fracture should be under the management of a doctor. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a broken collar bone?

What are the signs of a broken collar bone?

Many: I would add difficulty arising from laying down or getting out of that comfy chair without help. You feel better holding it close to you and not letting it swing free. ...Read more

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Why is my collar bone hurting and shoulder popping?

Why is my collar bone hurting and shoulder popping?

Several choices: Did you sustain trauma? Is this from overuse? Have you injured your shoulder in the past? What activities cause the symptoms?

I recommend seeing an orthopaedic surgeon who treats shoulder conditions. ...Read more

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How can you sleep with broken collar bone?

How can you sleep with broken collar bone?

On your back: You will usually sleep on your back since being on your side will cause more stress on the collar bones. Get in the most comfortable position you can and that is about as good as it gets until a certain level of healing ocurrs. Discuss with your pcp or orthopedist. Don't be a "pain in the neck! " ha! ...Read more

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Best way to numb intense collar bone pain?

Best way to numb intense collar bone pain?

Let help you: The pain from collar bone break get worse when arm move so less movements are essential, pain medication, ice bag and sometime we use Lidoderm patches. ...Read more

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Causes of red itchy patch on the collar bone?

Causes of red itchy patch on the collar bone?

Eczema: Red itchy patches are often eczema - treated with topical steroids. ...Read more

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How should I treat my leg and collar bone injury?

Depends: A leg fracture could mean any number of many things. It would depend on what is broken, how displaced the fracture is, what your bone quality is, as well as many other factors.

Most clavicle fractures have historically been treated non-operatively, but in the last decade or so we have become somewhat more aggressive with these fractures in particular cases.

Ask your orthopedic surgeon! ...Read more

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Does a rotator cuff injury cause collar bone pain?

Does a rotator cuff injury cause collar bone pain?

Possibly: The rotator cuff is located beneath both the acromion and the clavicle. The body has a tough time deciding where the pain is because of the low density of nerve fibers and organs in the area. Therefore rotator cuff pain can be across the back, in the clavicle or down the arm. You should get it checked out. ...Read more

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Pain around collar bone area. Could it be heartburn?

Pain around collar bone area. Could it be heartburn?

Need 2b specific: There are many possible causes of pain in the collar bone area. In order to narrow the list of possible diagnoses you need to be more specific about your pain - how long are you suffering?, when in the day is it happening?, what helps it? What makes it worse? Etc.
Pain from heartburn is usually in the center front chest area, so this will not be my first guess. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have a shoulder/collar bone injury?

See an orthopedist: There are many different types and causes of shoulder and collar bone injuries. Your friendly neighborhood sports medicine orthopedic surgeon can completely evaluate your individual situation and lay out a treatment plan for you. ...Read more

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What is a hard lymph node swollen on my right collar bone?

What is a hard lymph node swollen on my right collar bone?

Reactive: The vast majority of swollen lymph nodes "react" to viral infections. This is their job description. They enlarge to help fight the infection. It it's larger than a marble or has been their for more than 2 weeks, have your doctor take a look at it. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from broken collar bone surgery?

How long will it take to recover from broken collar bone surgery?

6-8 weeks: While the fracture usually heals in 6-8 weeks patients often experience symptoms related to the soft tissue injury that occurred at the time of the injury and the soft tissue trauma caused by the surgery for weeks or months after this. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a surgery to reset a broken collar bone?

Short term...: Operative repair of a broken (fractured) collar bone takes a few hours once one is actually in the operating room; recovery from the procedure itself also takes a few hours; and probably at least an overnight stay in the hospital. The recovery from a fractured collar bone is another story... ...Read more

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Ideas? What option should I take in treating my broken collar bone?

Ideas? What option should I take in treating my broken collar bone?

Clavicle fractures: Are most often treated with figure of 8 splint, which places the two ends in apposition in satisfactory alignment. In rare cases, surgical intervention becomes necessary for anatomic reasons. Consult an orthopedic surgeon. But it will take up to 8-12 weeks for recovery. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Dr. Mark Pack
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Benign Lipoma (Definition)

A clinical finding of benign ...Read more