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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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Why do I have a lump 1 inch below the kneecap. It hurts when it is bumped?

Why do I have a lump 1 inch below the kneecap. It hurts when it is bumped?

Mostly Bursitis: This mostly represent bursitis with fibrin clot in it so when you pump it heart. ...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?

Pain knee: 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? ANS: And your question is? I am available live for next 2 hr so you can show me what it is. ...Read more

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Dime size lump on my knee just to the left of my patella on my t knee. It hurts when I stand, when it is bent, when it is pushed on, and when I kneel?

Dime size lump on my knee just to the left of my patella on my t knee. It hurts when I stand, when it is bent, when it is pushed on, and when I kneel?

Get it checked: If you have a painful lump, then it needs checked. Cannot prognosticate with limited information available. See your Dr / Urgent Care or an Orthopedist for evaluation and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Inflamed knee after walking small lump under kneecap?

Inflamed knee after walking small lump under kneecap?

Tendinitis: Sounds like you are describing patellar tendinits. ...Read more

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I have a lump on the front of my knee about 2 inchs below my kneecap. When I kneel on it, it feels like a knife shoved ino it what could it be?

I have a lump on the front of my knee about 2 inchs below my kneecap. When I kneel on it, it feels like a knife shoved ino it what could it be?

Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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10yr old daughter has lump near her kneecap. It feels soft and mobile. Slightly red, hurts when she bends it and when it's pushed on. Ideas?

10yr old daughter has lump near her kneecap. It feels soft and mobile. Slightly red, hurts when she bends it and when it's pushed on. Ideas?

Most common lumps --: Lipomas or Ganglion cyst. They can be confirmed with an Exam. MRI is quite helpful in making the Diagnosis.
Other possibilities would be a low grade infection, or bleeding in to a cyst, which makes these painful and tender. FB (foreign body) like a glass piece or a thorn prick, needle, toothpick etc can all be responsible for it.
Have her see the PCP and maybe an Orthopedist in your area. ...Read more

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Hard dime size lump just to left of right patella hurts:kneel, touch, Bent, stand. Don't disappear into joint. Ran 3.2mi night before appeared. See:bentknee?

Hard dime size lump just to left of right patella hurts:kneel, touch, Bent, stand. Don't disappear into joint. Ran 3.2mi night before appeared. See:bentknee?

Patellar pain: Patellar pain syndromes are quite common in young female athletes. They are typically due to patellar tracking abnormalities or patellofemoral syndrome. The hard lump you feel could be a bone fragment called "bipartite patella", or less likely a "ganglion cyst". See a sports medicine doctor for physical exam and maybe an x-ray or MRI. ...Read more

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Does a kneecap actually bruise inside? I thought it was a lump of solid cartilage?

Does a kneecap actually bruise inside? I thought it was a lump of solid cartilage?

Kneecap bruise: A bruised kneecap occurs from a direct injury to a kneecap, which usually happens from falling onto a knee or by being hit by an object. Bruises can last from days to months, with the bone bruise being the most severe and painful. ...Read more

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Why do I have a lump under my kneecap that I had for 2+ years. When I bump it, it hurts like crazy I play a lot of sports.

Why do I have a lump under my kneecap that I had for 2+ years. When I bump it, it hurts like crazy I play a lot of sports.

Prepatellar Bursitis: This bursa enables the kneecap to move smoothly under the skin. If the bursa becomes inflamed, it fills with fluid and causes swelling at the top of the knee. This condition is called kneecap (prepatellar) bursitis. The symptoms are, pain with activity, rapid swelling on the front of kneecap, tender and warm to the touch. Go and check it out. ...Read more

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I have a large, painless lump that doesn't move above my kneecap. I have an MRI scheduled. What do you think it May be? Sarcoma?

I have a large, painless lump that doesn't move above my kneecap. I have an MRI scheduled. What do you think it May be? Sarcoma?

Maybe: That's what we need to rule out. Most of these are very benign. Hope yours is, but if there's any reason to be concerned, get tissue for pathology ...Read more

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Pain and lump front of right knee after patella repair had steriod injections, still can not sit with knee bent and hurts to stand, walk. No help?

Pain and lump front of right knee after patella repair had steriod injections, still can not sit with knee bent and hurts to stand, walk. No help?

Painful hardware?: By your discription can't tell if you had repair of a fractured patella or ruptured patellar tendon. Either way it is possible to have pain and swelling related to a prominent screw or wire or perhaps non-resorbable suture. If not getting better repeat surgery not unresonable to explore area in question. ...Read more

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I walk a lot, my right knee gets irritated and aches around the kneecap with a swollen lump on the outside. It improves with rest and ice.

Arthritis: You could have arthritis or tendinitis of your knee an other possibility would be damage to the patellar cartilage. You should at least get x-rays done to check it if your knee gives out then it is more serious. Please see an orthopedics surgeon or your primary care doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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My cousin has had a bump right below her left kneecap for 2+ years. When she bumps it she says that it hurts like crazy probably the worst pain. Why?

My cousin has had a bump right below her left kneecap for 2+ years. When she bumps it she says that it hurts like crazy probably the worst pain. Why?

Osgood Schlatter.: See a physician because it is hard to diagnose the patient without examination. But with your description I think she is having osgood-schlatter disease which is a painful swelling of the bump on the upper part of the shinbone, just below the knee. This bump is called the anterior tibial tubercl. It is thought to be caused by small injuries due to repeated overuse before the area finished growing. ...Read more

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Below my kneecap there is a reddish bump 1/2 inch diameter. What is it and how do I get rid of it? No pain and it is hard if pressed on.

Kneecap: This could be on the skin or on the patellar tendon. It could represent several things. I would recommend you see your doctor or an orthopedist for evaluation. ...Read more

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2wks ago bruised feeling above kneecap, slightly to the right. Then swelling, this has gone down, tender spot/bump is there. Slightly achey - ligament?

2wks ago bruised feeling above kneecap, slightly to the right. Then swelling, this has gone down, tender spot/bump is there. Slightly achey - ligament?

Knee issue: You may have sprained your knee but it sounds like it is healing. Do range of motion exercises as long as you're comfortable. If swelling still presence, an ace wrap or a pull on knee sleeve may still be used. Restrict weight bearing if still discomforting. Ibuprofen or Naproxen may be tried. ...Read more

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I have a painful hard bump on my shin below my kneecap. Full focal thickness cartilage loss on kneecap and femur of same knee. 41 YO male. What is it?

I have a painful hard bump on my shin below my kneecap. Full focal thickness cartilage loss on kneecap and femur of same knee. 41 YO male. What is it?

Must be examined: And x-rayed. This may be an osteoma or enchondroma (benign bone growths) ; however, you must rule out bone infection or possible tumor (omalignant) formation. Please call for an orthopedic evaluation today. ...Read more

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Tiny (1 cm) painless bump, barely raised, on center of patella. Moves slightly under skin, is not tender. Does bone cancer present this way? Worried

Tiny (1 cm) painless bump, barely raised, on center of patella. Moves slightly under skin, is not tender. Does bone cancer present this way? Worried

Not likely: Bone sarcomas or metastatic lesions rarely present in this fashion. A painless bump that moves most likely is not cancer. Especially in the patella, this would be extremely unusual to get cancer there, I don't think you have to be worried about a lesion in front of your patella. ...Read more

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Lump in top of my leg.

Lump in top of my leg.

What's your question: "lump in top of [my] leg" could be due to many things. If you're describing groin area where thigh joints pelvis, this might be a hernia or swollen lymph node (gland). Hematoma or bleeding could do this. Infection, too, even abscess, if red & painful. Severely broken bone but I think you'd have a pretty good idea of that. Hives? But those are temporary & itchy. Pain? Go see your family doc. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my leg and it won't go, what to do?

I have a lump on my leg and it won't go, what to do?

Simple vs serious: Our bodies always have things that grow and change. Skin, fat, muscle, lymph nodes, bones, can change shape, get larger, more prominent due to many factors. The vast majority are not cancer but simply unusual growths like fatty tumors, cysts, skin tags, moles, etc. Most cause no symptoms and can be watched. If they cause symptoms or change colors, bleed, bruise or hurt, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a lump on my leg, should I be concerned?

See your doctor: A doctor would need to see the lump to determine what it is and if it is anything to worry about or not. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a painless lump on my leg what could it be?

Different options: The leg has a lot of things in it both in the skin and below it. Sweat glands, hair follicles and skin cysts as well as lymph nodes, fatty tissue, tendons, vessels and other things. Is the lump growing, inflamed, painful, painless, draining, recurrent or constant, moveable or fixed...? Each of these (and many more) will provide your doc the answers as to what it is and what needs to be done. ...Read more

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Hey I have a red lump on my leg that's grown bigger recently?

Hey I have a red lump on my leg that's grown bigger recently?

Boil or mrsa: If tender and if white head/pus in it could be methacillin resistant staph. Aureous, get it lanced and cultured, try warm wet wash cloths for 5 minutes 4-6x/day to bring it to a head and pop open, good if pus released, may heal then on own, don't share any hygiene items can be contagious, might just be bug bite or local infection, if not going away in a wek or so see a dr. ...Read more

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Why do I have a soft lump on my lower leg that comes and goes?

Why do I have a soft lump on my lower leg that comes and goes?

Lumps and Bumps: Hi, sorry you are not feeling 100%. Bumps or lumps on people always cause alarm, but seldom are harmful. It is impossible to guess what it may be, I tell my patients to always have things like that examined, and if necessary sampled or biopsied. Many times it is fat cells, (lipoma) which is a benign, soft, lump under the skin. See your doctor soon for exam. Take care, and good luck! ...Read more