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Hi. I can feel a small (pea sized) movable lump inside the belly fat at my left abdomen, just under my rib cage. What could it be?

Dr. Ki-Hon Lin Dr. Lin
2 doctors agreed:
Hi. I can feel a small (pea sized) movable lump inside the belly fat at my left abdomen, just under my rib cage. What could it be?

Lipoma: Often times these are lipomas, which are simply benign masses of fatty tissue. Very rarely do these cause any problems - in rare cases, there may be persistent surrounding inflammation which leads a patient to ask for removal of the lipoma. As with any lesion, if there is significant increase in size, or significant pain, redness, discoloration, or any other concerning sign, do see a physician. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump just below left rib cage. It doesn't move or cause pain but has doubled in size in around 2 months and is now visible when standing?

I have a hard lump just below left rib cage. It doesn't move or cause pain but has doubled in size in around 2 months and is now visible when standing?

Medical evaluation: Please have this lump examined in person by a medical provider. Any lump that has grown that fast warrants a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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I just found a hard almost golf ball sized lump where my rib cage splits. What could it be?

I just found a hard almost golf ball sized lump where my rib cage splits. What could it be?

Lump: I need a better description of what you mean by where my rib cage splits. If you mean in the front along the midline at the base of your breastbone this may represent the xiphoid process which is a bony prominence that can be quite palpable in some people. In any other location this could be a bone callous or something superficial to the ribs such as a cyst. I would recommend you see a physician for a full history and physical examination with possible imaging. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my left size under my rib cage, can only be felt when standing, its very tender to touch, what could this be?

I have a lump on my left size under my rib cage, can only be felt when standing, its very tender to touch, what could this be?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she will probably x-ray or ultrasound the area to characterize the lump. ...Read more

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I have a lump about the size of a tangarine on my lower front left rib cage it's hurting, what could it be? Do I need to go hospital?

Lump: It is hard to know excatly what the lump is, but it is a good idea to go see a doctor for further evaluation ...Read more

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I have a fairly large fist size lump just below right rib cage, and smaller one in a similar place on the left, occasionally achey pain. Ideas?

I have a fairly large fist size lump just below right rib cage, and smaller one in a similar place on the left, occasionally achey pain. Ideas?

Possible Hernia: A hernia is when the muscle in the abdomen splits and allows sthe tissue underneath to poke through. This creates a bump on your side. Hernias can be repaired with routine surgery. You need to have this evaluated by your doctor as untreated hernias can become strangulated and cause severe problems. ...Read more

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Painful left lump on left side of rib cage. It has grown in size. MRI was last test to show something but it was not defined. Been 3 yrs, what is it?

Painful left lump on left side of rib cage. It has grown in size. MRI was last test to show something but it was not defined. Been 3 yrs, what is it?

Need more info: If the lump is in the rib itself, did you have trauma in that area? Have you ever had a cancer, especially of a type that tends to spread to bone; and does the MRI suggest a cancer in the bone? That would be my concern, although your description makes me doubt cancer. Review the findings with your clinician. A biopsy, if needed, is one way to answer your question. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I have a large grape sized lump inside my left side, under my rib cage. I have to push in to feel it and it hurts when I touch it. Should I be concern?

I have a large grape sized lump inside my left side, under my rib cage. I have to push in to feel it and it hurts when I touch it. Should I be concern?

Possibly: Could be an infected lymph node, an abscess or something else. You need to see your doctor and get it checked. If it is an abscess it needs to be drained. ...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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I have a lump size of a golf ball on my lower back below my rib cage on the left what could it be?

I have a lump size of a golf ball on my lower back below my rib cage on the left what could it be?

Swelling: Could be many things including a sebaceous cyst or a fatty tumor. Have it checked or sen us a picture. An ultrasound may be helpful in making the diagnosis. All the best. ...Read more

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I have had a lump in my left rib cage on bottom. It's about a gum ball size and have had it couple months now. Never hurt until now?

Get it checked: It may be a lipoma which is a benign fatty tumor. Sometimes they can start to hurt. See your doctor for an exam as that is the only way to tell what the lump might be. ...Read more

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I found a lump (size of a golf ball) on my left rib cage. I'm a 16 year old female and have no other symptoms. I'm freaking out, what could it be?

I found a lump (size of a golf ball) on my left rib cage. I'm a 16 year old female and have no other symptoms. I'm freaking out, what could it be?

Hard to say: Exactly what it is without more details and examination. It is best to have yourself examined by your physician to see if you will need blood tests, diagnostic testings or biopsy. Better to know what it is than fear of the unknown! ...Read more

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It seems that I have a big fatty lump on my left rib cage. I want to say its just under the size of a tennis ball, and more noticeable when I lay down

Get it checked: You should definitely get this examined by your primary care provider within the next week or two. While this is probably a benign fatty tumor, it sounds quite large and should be checked. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm get pain in my back just below my rib cage, there is also golf ball size lump in that spot I sneezed about a week ago that's what started it I fel?

Did the lump...: ...Appear when the pain started, or was it there before that? If the pain feels like it is coming from the lump, you could have a ruptured epidermal cyst as suggested; if not, the two could be unrelated. You should let your doctor take a look - pain is your body asking for help. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my left rib cage about 2-3 inches under my breast, it hurts sometimes and have found a few more on both sides. Bean sized and smaller?

I have a lump on my left rib cage about 2-3 inches under my breast, it hurts sometimes and have found a few more on both sides. Bean sized and smaller?

Subcutaneous nodules: Please seek medical attention and have them checked out by a doctor.

Could be a minor issue like lipomas, cysts, fibromas or more serious lesions like infection, systemic conditions like arthritis condition, neurofibromas and metastases (very unlikely given your age) ...Read more

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I have three medium size lumps on rib cage for six months painful when you touch them pain in stomach headachea fatigue my doc said herpes but I have?

I have three medium size lumps on rib cage for six months painful when you touch them pain in stomach headachea fatigue my doc said herpes but I have?

Herpes simplex: This does not sound like herpes, but without seeing the lesions it is impossible to diagnose. My advice would be to see another doctor and get a second opinion asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a cyst below my rib cage. It hurts sometimes when I touch it. It's bigger then a pea smaller then a Lima bean. Should I be worried?

I have a cyst below my rib cage. It hurts sometimes when I touch it. It's bigger then a pea smaller then a Lima bean. Should I be worried?

Cyst: This could be a cyst or a lipoma, but would have to be examined by a physician for diagnosis and advice about whether treatment is needed. Since it's tender at times, you might as well get it checked. ...Read more

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Oblong Lump under right rib-cage, have on going shoulder pain on the right side. On Tramadol and still shoulder still aches. Clicking in chest also.?

Oblong Lump under right rib-cage, have on going shoulder pain on the right side. On Tramadol and still shoulder still aches. Clicking in chest also.?

Sounds like Gallbla-: Dder problem, from your description.
See your Doc and probable referral onto a GI Doc would be the way to proceed.
I am sure your PCP should be able to figure it out, as the best way to deal with your problem.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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Hard lump under right rib cage pain up to shoulder blade, shooting bone pain. Went to ER they didn't know, have PCP apt in Aug. What could this be???

Hard lump under right rib cage pain up to shoulder blade, shooting bone pain. Went to ER they didn't know, have PCP apt in Aug. What could this be???

Could be liver or GB: The area under your right rib margin is home to your liver as well as your Gall Bladder. It is possible you have a problem there. I might suggest getting a liver/biliary ultrasound if they did not do that in the ER. Probably would NOT wait for a month however. ...Read more