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Does a dent in the chest of my child mean that someone hit him really hard there?

Does a dent in the chest of my child mean that someone hit him really hard there?

Not if always there: Pectus excavatum is the most common congenital deformity of the anterior chest wall, in which several ribs and the sternum grow abnormally. It produces a caved-in or sunken appearance of the chest and can either be present at birth or not develop until puberty. The defect is usually cosmetic, but may cause cardiac or respiratory impairment if severe enough. ...Read more

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My brother has a bump on his back the size of a quarter. It feels hard and does not hurt him. He works out in the sun. Any clues as to what it is?

My brother has a bump on his back the size of a quarter. It feels hard and does not hurt him. He works out in the sun. Any clues as to what it is?

More info: A little more information is needed. How er how long has he had this? Has it changed in size or shape? Tender or painful? Not uncommon to have some skin masses if it bothers him go to doctor and have it removed ...Read more

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My daughter is 4. I found a hard knot/lump on the left of the base of her skull near the hairline. not red or hot to touch. says it hurts when i mess with. found while drying her hair. no real cold symptoms lately.I'm a peds nurse so i overly worry.Advic

My daughter is 4. I found a hard knot/lump on the  left of the base of her skull near the hairline. not red or hot to touch. says it hurts when i mess with. found while drying her hair. no real cold symptoms lately.I'm a peds nurse so i overly worry.Advic

Mastoid process?: The normal skull has a hard spike like projection located behind & at the level of the middle of the ear called the mastoid process. Multiple muscles dealing with the jaw attach to this projection. Other possibilities include lymph nodes located under the skin around the ear that vary in size from that of a pea to peanut. These are part of the bodies germ fighting crew & may enlarge when they are. ...Read more

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My kid was born with a hole in back of her head the doctor siad that when he broke my water that maybe the tool hit her . No hair will grow. Is it ok?

My kid was born with a hole in back  of her head the doctor siad that when he broke my water that maybe the tool hit her . No hair will grow. Is it ok?

Not to worry: If it is a cosmetic issue later on, you can always go see plastic surgeons or cosmetologist etc. Bald is beautiful. A lot of people are shaving their heads off.There is hair implants now too.Make a decision when child is older.Your child may have different thoughts then. ...Read more

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My child has a dent on the back of his skull, and he also is having silent seizures. What should I do?

My child has a dent on the back of his skull, and he also is having silent seizures. What should I do?

Question of seizures: There are too many unanswered questions here. It would help for you to talk to a neurologist. To get started, you could see one on HealthTap, or you could ask your child to be referred to one in your home town. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 11 year old son has a hole in the bottom of his foot near his heel. I am not sure what it is. It is hard & it only hurts if he puts pressure on it.

My 11 year old son has a hole in the bottom of his foot near his heel. I am not sure what it is. It is hard & it only hurts if he puts pressure on it.

Plantar wart: Warts are caused by a virus and are common in children. As they enlarge they thicken. Pressure then hurts. Treatment can include otc acid preparations. Sometimes they will go away on there own, but sometimes they will spread. I recommend visiting a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child has a dent on the back of his skull, and he also is having silent seizures?

What do you suggest if my child has a dent on the back of his skull, and he also is having silent seizures?

Neurologist: I'm not sure what the question is or what " a dent" means. I'm assuming he already sees a neurologist, if not he should be. He would be better able to answer this question since he is familiar with his studies & EEG results. ...Read more

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What should be done? My fiance is getting the taste of blood in his mouth and on his left side just above the hip he is getting a pain that goes from a 4 (on a scale of 1-10) to a 9. He says it feels like someone is stabbing him. What should he do?

I : I am not sure what is causing this constellation of symptoms. From the description, I am wondering if this is in ther area of the kidney (which can present with abdominal, genital or back pain) I am answering this 3 days after you wrote in. Is he having pain with urination, blood in urine, cloudy urine? If he having constipation or diarrhea? Nausea or vomiting. Since writing in, has the pain worsened or resolved? ...Read more

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Someone put a great deal of pressure on my friends eye during a fight and she said it hurts behind the eye, what does this mean/what should she do?

Uveitis: Injury to the eye an cause inflammation in the front, anterior uveitis and sometimes the back if the eye? Posterior uveitis. Untreated anterior uveitis will result in potentially blinding cataracts (clouding of the lens through which light must past and be focused) and glaucoma (high pressure in the eye). Your friend needs to be under a doctors care. ...Read more

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He have the injury on the arm with is called I think Corticosteroid this thing he have it a long time ago And now there is some kind of hole in his arm ,leg and in his private parts ?

He have the injury on the arm with is called I think Corticosteroid this thing he have it a long time ago 

And now there is some kind of hole in his arm ,leg and in his private parts ?

Unclear!: Corticosteroid is not an injury, so I am confused. And it is hard to say why an arm injury is causing a hole in other places. I am not sure what you mean by holes either! Consider using Healthtap Prime for a video consult with a doc, which may be more helpful to you, unless you cannot speak English, since the consults can be by text, video or audio. You can also upload pictures there. ...Read more

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My baby has a small hole in his heart, what does that mean?

My baby has a small hole in his heart, what does that mean?

Depends on location: Many infants born with a small hole in the lower chamber will have spontaneous closure of the hole by 1yo. (>50%).If not the small hole can be closed through a catheter during a heart cath when the kid is older. ...Read more

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Hello , doctor, my uncle was hurt himself in a gym .There is nothing wrong with his muscles, just sore in the middle of lumbar.Is that hurt his ligament?

Hello , doctor, my uncle was hurt himself in a gym .There is nothing wrong with his muscles, just sore in the middle of lumbar.Is that hurt his ligament?

Low back pain: If the pain continues, he should see his pcp. However, light exercise is advised. Proper stretching before and after exercise is necessary. As well as proper technique with exercise. Look up the mckenzie method on youtube for low back stretches. Over the counter nsaids are ok for a short time of he doesn't have kidney disease or gastric ulcers. ...Read more

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