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What is lump on right side of my kneecap?

What is lump on right side of my kneecap?

Varies: There are several potential causes, consider being seen. Among the most common causes is a chronic inflammation of the tissues inserting on the kneecap leading to thickening and sometimes calcification. An exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. ...Read more

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What would cause a lump to develop suddenly on the outside area of my kneecap? It occurred within the last hour.

What would cause a lump to develop suddenly on the outside area of my kneecap? It occurred within the last hour.

Prepatellar bursitis: Typically this is a prepatellar bursitis. If red and hot may need aspiration and antibiotics but usually is benign and will resolve with rest, ice and elevation. An ace wrap to compress is good. ...Read more

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I have had a lump below my left kneecap for more than 2 years now. Why is that. When i hit it against something it hurts very bad. The worst pain. Why?

I have had a lump below my left kneecap for more than 2 years now. Why is that. When i hit it against something it hurts very bad. The worst pain. Why?

Osgood-Schlater: It sounds as if you may have had osgood-schlater disease, which is more than likely resolved except for a painful ossicle which may be present at the tibial tubercle. Most of the time this is treated with rest and avoiding direct pressure. Sometimes it may require surgery. ...Read more

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I have had a lump below my kneecap for 2 years it hurts when it is bumped why?

I have had a lump below my kneecap for 2 years it hurts when it is bumped why?

Bursae over bone: Most common cause of a lump that is painful in your age group is a bone prominence where the infra patella tendon attaches. It probably has a bursae or a sac the the body has produced to protect it but it can be painful if hit. Bone is more prominent if you suffered for osgood-schlatters disease that makes bone even more prominent. ...Read more

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I had a hard knock to my kneecap 4 yrs ago and still have a big soft lump there. Would this be a pocket of fluid? Should I have it drained?

I had a hard knock to my kneecap 4 yrs ago and still have a big soft lump there. Would this be a pocket of fluid? Should I have it drained?

See orthopedist: The bump can represent soft tissue scarring or possibly fluid. Difficult to tell based on you description. Best to see an orthopedist and have x-ray done to evaluate fully. ...Read more

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Could a pea sized lump on kneecap be cancer?

Could a pea sized lump on kneecap be cancer?

Get it checked: There is no way to tell based on this alone. If you are concerned, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Hard lump on left patella that's painful when i kneel down and come back up?

Bursitis : This may be an inflammation in the little sack or bursa just over the patella. It normally helps everything "slide" when you bend your knee, but can get irritated, especially if you did a lot of kneeling or caused some inflammation to start. If it is red and painful, it may even be infected so you should get it checked. Try an antiinflammatory in the meantime. Try not to kneel until it is healed. ...Read more

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I have two lumps on knee. One on the right knee on the outer side of the lower kneecap. The other is on the left knee , front and below knee cao?

I have two lumps on knee. One on the right knee on the outer side of the lower kneecap. The other is on the left knee , front and below knee cao?

Varies: There are several possibilities, a physical exam would likely yield the diagnosis. Imaging studies could also help. The tibial tubercle is a structure in that area and it can become enlarged producing a "lump" in the area I believe you are describing for a variety of reasons, I would not hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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