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Quarter sized hard lump under skin right shoulder blade area with a small bruise above it has been there for sure 2 1/2 years what is?

Quarter sized hard lump under skin right shoulder blade area with a small bruise above it has been there for sure  2 1/2 years what is?

Many possibilities: If there is no pain, no increase in size, unlikely to be cancerous. If increasing in size, or painful, you need to see a general or ortho surgeon for eval and likely work up or excisional biopsy. Small non painful lumps are frequently inclusion cysts, fatty tumors, possibly a cyst coming from a local joint. For reassurance, have your pcp take a look first. ...Read more

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Bruise (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are a discoloration and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the tissues. Pupura refers to bruising as the result of a disease condition. A very small bruise is called a petechia. These often appear as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could ...Read more


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Hit my upper leg on edge of table very hard a month ago. Had a huge bruise and pain but it's gone.now I touch & feel a hard lump under skin. Hematoma?

Hit my upper leg on edge of table very hard a month ago. Had a huge bruise and pain but it's gone.now I touch & feel a hard lump under skin. Hematoma?

WeAllTakeOurLumps: Yes, it could be what remains of a hematoma under the skin. That lump could be there for a few months but the body absorbs most or all of it. Nothing dangerous. Sometimes some scar remains forever but shouldn't be a problem unless you can see it and it bothers you. But, if it starts growing or begins to hurt or the skin discolors, get it checked out. ...Read more

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I had a moderate bruise and now and noticing a hard lump under my skin where the bruise is going away. Should i be concerned that its a blood clot?

I had a moderate bruise and now and noticing a hard lump under my skin where the bruise is going away. Should i be concerned that its a blood clot?

Sounds normal: This sounds fairly normal. Usually after even moderate soft tissue injuries there can be a period when the area feels hard. Usually this peaks around 3-4 wks after the injury and then goes down. Keep an eye on the area to make sure it's improving and that you have no other symptoms. It should return to normal but can take some time. ...Read more

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I have a solid hard lump in my left breast with redness on the skin. Looks abit bruised. It hurts when I touch it too ?

I have a solid hard lump in my left breast with redness on the skin. Looks abit bruised. It hurts when I touch it too ?

Get it checked: This is something you don't want to mess around with. Even though you are only 20, you need to be sure it isn't cancer. Perhaps you were injured - do you remember getting hit in that area? Nevertheless, go see a doctor. ...Read more

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Son has a hard lump, size of half a golf ball under his skin on the right side of his r foot. Any idea what it could be? No pain/bruising and hes 1 yo

Son has a hard lump, size of half a golf ball under his skin on the right side of his r foot. Any idea what it could be? No pain/bruising and hes 1 yo

Could be: It could be a ganglion but i've never seen it in a 1 year old. I would get an x-ray. Was he born with this or did it just pop up overnight? ...Read more

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I hit my shin hard resulted in a small gash and huge bruise. Day 7 hurts only if touched(pain 10+ for 3 mins), still small lump, skin numb, walk fine.

I hit my shin hard resulted in a small gash and huge bruise. Day 7 hurts only if touched(pain 10+ for 3 mins), still small lump, skin numb, walk fine.

Keep it up: Sounds like a hematoma and a heeling cut. Rest, ice, compress, elevate.If it hurts that bad you may want to post pictures or see a doctor to determine if it is infected or needs X rays. ...Read more

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I had two teeth pulled. The roof of my mouth has a hard painful lump, bruised, skin is pail and peeling of the pallet. Sharp pains and very raw. ?

Infection: The infection has affected the surrounding tissue, Not knowing all the details it is hard to say what is going on, broken teeth under the gums require in many cases the opening of the gums and the removal of bone that could lead to bruising and swelling. Normally this should get better within a week, if not you should be seeing your dentist for additional evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a hard tender lump under skin on forearm should I be worried. Just appeared over night?

Boil?: This is one of those "almost have to see it to tell what it is" things. If it is tender, it could be a boil--localized staph infection. They are usually red, tender and can come up rather suddenly. It may need an antibiotic or lancing if it worsens. If you get expanding redness, streaks up your arm or run a fever, you need to be seen urgently. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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