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Had a benign tumor removed near my patella twenty years ago. Hurts if walk up hill or pull something. What could be going on?

Had a benign tumor removed near my patella twenty years ago. Hurts if walk up hill or pull something. What could be going on?

See a doctor: Walking up & down requires bending of the knee. It may indicate damage to the cartilage of the patella or the patellar tendon. You need evaluation by a doctor who may or may not order an xray or mri. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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Should I go to the doctor for the tumor on my kneecap? Pushed against my jeans is enough to cause intense pain. It's about the size of a pea..

Should I go to the doctor for the tumor on my kneecap? Pushed against my jeans is enough to cause intense pain. It's about the size of a pea..

Yes: Any painful mass should be evaluated by a physician. It is most likely a benign problem (? Bursitis), but should still be checked. ...Read more

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Can they missdiag me? They told me I have postural orthostatic tachardia hve many symptomps but also hip leg pain and I am afraid it is brain tumor

Can they missdiag me? They told me I have postural orthostatic tachardia hve many symptomps but also hip leg pain and I am afraid it is brain tumor

Yes, but: Positional heart rate changes could be related to a myriad of things. Same with leg or hip pain. An md must talk with you face to face. Believe me, as to the brain tumor, every 1st year pathology student thinks he/she has one! Not likely cause. ...Read more

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I am a hypochondriac. I am afraid of having a brain tumor after I read that I have all the symptoms, mainly the weakness in leg. My doctor did my blood test, spinal MRI, and neurological tests which came out to be fine. The doctor says that I have anxiety

I am a hypochondriac. I am afraid of having a brain tumor after I read that I have all the symptoms, mainly the weakness in leg. My doctor did my blood test, spinal MRI, and neurological tests which came out to be fine. The doctor says that I have anxiety

Normal brain mri: Practically rules out large symptomatic brain tumor and ms these normal studies should reassure you not make you nervous we are missing something look up the sensitivity for brain MRI this should reassure you and the incidence of primary brain tumors in your age group they are rare. ...Read more

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How does a Tumor affect your leg?

How does a Tumor affect your leg?

Depends: It depends on wha kind of tumor you are talking about. If you are talking about primary tumors of the leg bones, they usually cause pain, lump and limping that worsen with time. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for a torn patella tendon?

What are the symptoms for a torn patella tendon?

Usually dramatic: This is typically a painful, traumatic and debilitating injury. Initial symptoms would be pain in the front of the knee, diffuse swelling around the knee, and difficulty straightening the knee without assistance. Often the leg feels powerless and as if you are dragging it, because the powerful quad muscle in your thigh is no longer connected to the lower leg (tibia). Seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of a torn patella tendon?

What are the main symptoms of a torn patella tendon?

Can't extend knee: If your patella tendon is completely torn, you can't actively straighten out your knee. Because your patella tendon connects your thigh muscle and patella to your shin bone (tibia). If its partially torn you have weakness with knee extension, difficulty with stair climbing and anterior knee pain. ...Read more

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I had a tumor removed from my leg they never removed the extra tissue which grew around it what can I do?

I had a tumor removed from my leg they never removed the extra tissue which grew around it what can I do?

Discuss with MD: I would discuss this with your surgeon to make sure it is not a recurrence. If it is a "dog ear", it may require scar revision. ...Read more

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What happens when a leg tumor is found to be malignant?

What happens when a leg tumor is found to be malignant?

Tumors of: The extremity can be in the bone or soft tissue. These are life threats. W/u for metastasis to lung, then principle is 1. Save life; 2. Save limb; 3. Save function of limb; make it look as best as normal that you can. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when a removed leg tumor is found to be malignant?

Could you tell me what happens when a removed leg tumor is found to be malignant?

Depends: Where in the leg? (bone, muscle, cartilage, skin) what kind? (sarcoma of bone or soft tissue, squamous or basal cell cancer of the skin, melanoma) how advanced? Can't answer without more info. Good luck nonetheless. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a dislocated kneecap?

What are symptoms of a dislocated kneecap?

It depends: If the dislocation recent and traumatic, you will have a lot of pain and cannot move your knee and cannot straighten the knee your knee, some of those are recurrent they are less violent. ...Read more

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Lets say I have a tumor on the left side of my back near the spine can it cause pain down the back of my right leg?

Possible, not likely: It depends on tumor type, size and location.
Leg pain (radiculopathy) from the back comes from the same side as the lesion.
A tumor that has encroached upon the spine can cause opposite side pain if it has crossed the midline. ...Read more

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Is it possible to walk with a factured kneecap? What are the signs/symptoms? I don't have health insurance and can't afford a trip to the er.

Is it possible to walk with a factured kneecap? What are the signs/symptoms? I don't have health insurance and can't afford a trip to the er.

Kneecap Fracture: Generally it's very hard to walk with a kneecap fracture, although it's possible to have a small chip and still walk. ...Read more

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I have an tumor like soft mass in my lower long leg of about 1 inch dia. This is I feel from about 40 years. But now I feel pain while walking?

I have an tumor like soft mass in my lower long leg of about 1 inch dia. This is I feel from about 40 years. But now I feel pain while walking?

Benign tumor: Tumor of lower leg that has not grown or showed signs of malignancy such as metastasis are usually benign. They become of concern when reaching 5-10 cm. In size when nodal lesions noted but rare when pain noted especially on walking. Must rule out some form of claudication unless pain directly related to pressure on lesion. ...Read more

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Can x-Rays detect tumors in your leg muscle?

Can x-Rays detect tumors in your leg muscle?

Yes: The value of x rays in leg tumors is to define the extent of the lesion, and proximity to vital structures such as nerves and blood vessels as well as underlying periosteum of bone.
Usually CAT or MRI will provide the needed information. On occasion we use angiogram of the femoral vessels to determine extent of vascularity for resection or whether chemoembolization will improve results. ...Read more

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I had a sarcoma tumor removed from my left leg 8 months ago and I still have pain why is that?

I had a sarcoma tumor removed from my left leg 8 months ago and I still have pain why is that?

Depends: There are many factors that could be causing pain, including but not limited to where the tumor was, how much was removed, postoperative course, radiation therapy if any, rehab care, and many others. Only your physician can reasonably comment further. ...Read more

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I have knee pain. Symptoms include grinding, catching of patella, buckling and locking. What does it mean?

I have knee pain. Symptoms include grinding, catching of patella, buckling and locking. What does it mean?

Cartilage damage: You probably have degeneration of cartilaginous components in the joint.
The most common culprit is the meniscus.
Diagnosis is done by mri, and arthroscopy provides the needed clean up. ...Read more

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Can a piece of cartilage get stuck under the kneecap? What are the symptoms of having a ACL problem? Please help

Can a piece of cartilage get stuck under the kneecap? What are the symptoms of having a ACL problem? Please help

Knee pain: These are two very different problems. When a piece of cartilage gets stuck under your kneecap you will have a locking or catching type problem. You could have problems flexing or extending your knee and certainly problems with going up and down steps. With an ACL injury, there is usually a sense of instability and a sense of the knees shifting. There's usually a sense of apprehension with activities ...Read more

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It's been a week since my husband had his testicular tumor removed from left, why is his worst pain in his left leg?

Depends: Depends on the exact distribution of pain, whether it is "referred", whether there is associated leg weakness, numbness/tingling, etc. Best bet is to talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Tumor size of a dime removed from my leg a yr ago. Now there is a black dot at edge where there's a scar looks like a hairfollicle leekin clr fluid?

Tumor size of a dime removed from my leg a yr ago. Now there is a black dot at edge where there's a scar looks like a hairfollicle leekin clr fluid?

Needs to be checked.: A pigmented mole which grows back and drains fluid is concerning enough to warrant prompt attention. This needs to be seen by your physician or dermatologist promptly.
Be well! ...Read more

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Is it possible to detect a tumor via a Doppler ultrasound in the leg?

Is it possible to detect a tumor via a Doppler ultrasound in the leg?

Yes: Most of the lesions in the leg are primary sarcomas. There are very few metastatic lesions other than those spreading to groin nodes. Sarcomas grow as masses and can easily be palpated. If the lesion is deep to skin and begins growing, it spreads the overlying tissue over it so that the margins of the growing lesion may not be clear. Here a Doppler should easily identity its true margins. ...Read more

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Why would it matter if when pushing down on thigh tumor it hurts to extend leg? When the doctor did not push down on the tumor no pain with extending

Not unusual: Sounds like pressure on the tumor produces pain when you extend your leg but not when it is not pressed. Sounds like it is possibly pressing on a nerve or a nearby sensitive structure - a bursa possibly? ...Read more

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Can my kid 1.9 months old skip radiation if tumor is all removed from his leg with clear margin and free lymph nodes?

Can my kid 1.9 months old skip radiation if tumor is all removed from his leg with clear margin and free lymph nodes?

Radiation: While everything looks grossly normal, you cannot know what is going on at a microscopic level therefore, it would be to your child's advantage to undergo radiation ...Read more

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Patch on thigh is numb really worried cause I think whole leg numb I feel it when I touch them just in one spot not so much afraid neuro ms tumor?

Patch on thigh is numb really worried cause I think whole leg numb I feel it when I touch them just in one spot not so much afraid neuro ms tumor?

Meralgia paresthetic: This sound like meralgia paresthetica. This is a benign irritation of the lateral cutaneus femoral nerve. It is not multiple sclerosis or a tumor. You can discuss this with your physician ...Read more

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