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I noticed a hard, painless lump on my lower left rib cage, as if the rib had pushed out by a centimeter (small region), linked to the bone. What is it?

I noticed a hard, painless lump on my lower left rib cage, as if the rib had pushed out by a centimeter (small region), linked to the bone. What is it?

Lump: This may be the xiphoid process-a piece of cartilage at the lower end of the sternum (breast bone). This is normal and is usually in the midline and can protrude in the upper abdomen but in your case may be slightly to the left. To be sure, you'd need to have a physician examine you, however. ...Read more

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Hard, movable lump between two ribs on right side? No pain, oval shaped and about dime sized. What could this be?

Hard, movable lump between two ribs on right side? No pain, oval shaped and about dime sized. What could this be?

Cyst or lipoma would: Be the first guesses. But in order to be sure you can see your dermatologist or have biopsy done. Typically on a cyst there is a tiny opening about the size of a pin head, through which the keratin contents can be expressed ...Read more

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Left side almost back, last rib of the ribs cage, 1cm lump since 6-8 months, no pain only feel discomfort while I touch, could you please help?

It could be: A lipoma (fatty growth) or a cyst, but all growths or lumps should be evaluated by a physician to make sure that they are not malignant or need to be removed. Please see your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Lump on my lower left rib cage, roughly 2 x 1.25 inches, bit soft, movable, painless, only visible and palpable when I stretch upward. Help please?

Lump on my lower left rib cage, roughly 2 x 1.25 inches, bit soft, movable, painless, only visible and palpable when I stretch upward. Help please?

Lipoma: A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that's most often situated between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. Often a lipoma is easy to identify because it moves readily with slight finger pressure. It's doughy to touch and usually not tender. You may have more than one lipoma. Lipomas can occur at any age, but they're most often detected during middle age. A lipoma isn't cancer. ...Read more

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I'm 25.Noticed a lump on the right side of my ribcage (10th rib) since 1 month. There's no pain but the lump seems to be increasing. Should I do a scan?

You should see a doc: Depending on what the doc feels it is, sometimes your are much better off taking a simple biopsy which would give you a more defitive diagnosis of the lesion. ...Read more

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Hard, movable lump on ribs on right side? Painless, oval shaped, and about dime sized? 18 years old.

Hard, movable lump on ribs on right side? Painless, oval shaped, and about dime sized? 18 years old.

Get it checked out: There are many potential causes and most are nothing to be concerned about, but there is a small chance it could be something important. You should see your doctor and have it checked out ...Read more

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8yr. Old son has a mass on his right side just below his ribs, no pain or other symptoms, what could this be from?

Needs to be checked: Could be a osteochondroma of ribs, benign, or there are some rare bone lesions that need to be ruled out ...Read more

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I have had these lumps one on each side of my body under the ribs for about 6 years. I had an ultrasound done when I firat found them and never heard back. Wonder what they are. No pain or nothing?

I have had these lumps one on each side of my body under the ribs for about 6 years. I had an ultrasound done when I firat found them and never heard back. Wonder what they are. No pain or nothing?

Not dangerous: If you have had them for 6 years and they have not changed, I would not worry too much about them. I would however follow up with the ordering physician about the ultrasound results. ...Read more

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I have a small lump, maybe a little less than an inch long, on the left of my abdomen, next to my rib cage. It does not hurt. Should I be concerned?

I have a small lump, maybe a little less than an inch long, on the left of my abdomen, next to my rib cage. It does not hurt. Should I be concerned?

How long?: If it has been there for long time it is probably benign such as q cyst or fatty tumor. If it is recent there are other possibilities which would require a minor biopsy for a definite diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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36yr male, found a lump below rib cage on my back, left side about 3-4 inches from my spine and closer to my side. No pain and under skin. What is it?

36yr male, found a lump below rib cage on my back, left side about 3-4 inches from my spine and closer to my side. No pain and under skin. What is it?

Lump: Hard to tell exactly what it is without seeing or feeling it, but if it is well circumscribed, mobile, chances are it is a sebacious cyst - a cyst originated from an oil gland whose oil could not evacuate and built inside to form a cyst. It's benign but above certain pressure it may pop open and get infected. ...Read more

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I have recently noticed a half dollar size lump/bump on my left rib cage that is not on my right side. It there is no pain when touched. Should I be concerned? Age 50 male

I have recently noticed a half dollar size lump/bump on my left rib cage that is not on my right side. It there is no pain when touched. Should I be concerned? Age 50 male

Always should be: Concern, most likely if it is located close to the center related to the rib cage it self, other than it could many things, the way to check it out with your doctor. ...Read more

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Cause for 2 soft, immovable, painless lumps in abdomen; RUQ (3") and LUQ (4"), medial and directly inferior to the rib cage?

Cause for 2 soft, immovable, painless lumps in abdomen; RUQ (3") and LUQ (4"), medial and directly inferior to the rib cage?

Depends: If just under the skin they are likely lipomas. Anytime you have a new mass it should be examined by a physician. In the place you described a lipoma is most common and is typically just below the skin level, but these are generally slightly mobil. ...Read more

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Small bony lump after last rib on back? Feels like a little rib? No pain, no discomfort, nothing out of the ordinary. Bone spur maybe?

Small bony lump after last rib on back? Feels like a little rib? No pain, no discomfort, nothing out of the ordinary. Bone spur maybe?

Possibly: If hard and connected to your back likely a rib/floating rib. If concerned a face to face exam with your doctor will confirm other findings. Good luck and feel good. ...Read more

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I've found a soft lump on my back. It's approx 2 inches below and 2 inches across from my armpit. It's on my rib cage. It's also painless.

I've found a soft lump on my back. It's approx 2 inches below and 2 inches across from my armpit. It's on my rib cage. It's also painless.

Lump: If the lump is on your back, I would think it is a cyst of some kind. If it is mobile (meaning you can move it side to side, up and down) and it's been there for a while unchanged, it sounds like a cyst, probably sebacious (oil gland clogged). I would see a doc to confirm it, though, and have peace of mind. ...Read more

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Painless hard lump just below right lateral rib cage after moderate exercise, less prominent after resting. Cannot see from surface, have to palpate.

Painless hard lump just below right lateral rib cage after moderate exercise, less prominent after resting. Cannot see from surface, have to palpate.

Lump: It is really hard to say without seeing it. The fact that it eases with relaxation may suggest some element of muscle spasm and information. Could be a benign fatty tumor such as a lipoma but nonetheless warrants an evaluation with your doctor ...Read more

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I'm 25.Noticed a lump on right side of ribcage (10th rib) since 1month. There's no pain but it seems to be increasing. Which specialist doc should I see?

I'm 25.Noticed a lump on right side of ribcage (10th rib) since 1month. There's no pain but it seems to be increasing. Which specialist doc should I see?

Many possibilities: Some causes of “lumps and bumps” may include: bony overgrowths, soft tissue masses, ganglions, fibromas, and cysts. Have it evaluated by a professional to get the right diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a lump below my right rib cage. No pain. Can feel it more when lying on back. But it seems to be changing positions when felt at different time?

I have a lump below my right rib cage. No pain. Can feel it more when lying on back. But it seems to be changing positions when felt at different time?

Hard to say: If you have a soft tissue lesion anywhere that you have noticed, it bears observation. Lesions that are increasing in size, especially rapidly, or those associated with increasing pain, are concerns for malignancy. A painless mass which is constant in size, unchanging in appearance, and unchanged over time is likely benign. Lipomas are the most common soft tissue benign lesions; common and benign. ...Read more

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Hard lump above belly button that briefly appeared that moved up and over and dissapeared under the ribs. No pain. What could this be?

Lump: If the lump involves the navel, it may be an umbilical hernia that may protrude and then retract. If the lump is higher up and is firm and just at the tip of the breastbone, it may the the cartilage tip of the sternum and in some people it is more prominent but a normal structure. Your physician can examine you and advise you. ...Read more

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Tiny hard lump very tender to touch 3in above navel slightly to the right just below rib cage persisted 1mo+. No touch no pain. What can it be?

Tiny hard lump very tender to touch 3in above navel slightly to the right just below rib cage persisted 1mo+. No touch no pain. What can it be?

It could be: Something in the skin such as a cyst. Or it could be a fatty tumor like a fibrolipoma. Or it could be a hernia. Time to go to the doctor to find out. ...Read more

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Small, hard, almost egg shaped lump under the skin on far right of back, just below rib cage. No pain. There a couple months. Any reason to worry?

Small, hard, almost egg shaped lump under the skin on far right of back, just below rib cage. No pain. There a couple months. Any reason to worry?

Always worth a look: At 16, it would be extremely rare to have a "bad" mass like a cancer, but there can be things like sebaceous cysts, small abscesses, ingrown hairs, lipomas, and foreign body granulomas....So if it becomes painful or larger, gets reddish, or changes color, or if you have the time while you're off this summer from school, I would recommend that you have your family physician or dermatologist see it. ...Read more