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Can us always diagnose suspicious mass in armpit? Area of left axillary looks black, feels hard/rubbery, burns, us was "normal". No other tests done.

Can us always diagnose suspicious mass in armpit? Area of left axillary looks black, feels hard/rubbery, burns, us was "normal". No other tests done.

No: If you have a mass- an us can be a good place to start but may not give full information. Mri would be the best imaging study to eval mass. Most definitive test would be a biopsy or excision of the mass. Re-discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more


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Passednerve conduction test on left shoulder but I have a large mass of muscle on shoulder/ neck arm goes numb when lifted could be pinced blood vesse?

Thoracic outlet: Your description leads me to suspect that you compress your brachial plexus when you elevate your arm. You could possibly also compress the subclavian artery or vein in addition. See a local vascular or thoracic surgeon and get this assessed. An emg-nct, if done with modern brachial plexus techniques should clarify these issues. Maybe get opinion at washington univ in st louis, mo. ...Read more

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I have a small round mass in my armpit (near the surface), diameter probably a few mm. Should I be worried or get it checked?

I have a small round mass in my armpit (near the surface), diameter probably a few mm. Should I be worried or get it checked?

Why not?: Without knowing you and your history, the responsible things would be to advice you to get it checked. The very fact that you are concerned is reason enough to check it out. ...Read more

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I have no medical insurance and I have excess mass tissue under armpits since I was 15 super embarrassing is it expensive since I have no med coverage?

Tough problem.: It's likely that even if you had health insurance, removal of excess tissue under the arms would be seen as "elective" or "cosmetic, " meaning that you don't have to have it removed. So it really might be an out-of-pocket expense to you. There are some plastic surgeons who work on a sliding scale, or offer a payment plan to spread the cost out over a longer period of time. Lose weight if you need. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed as having a fatty mass in my armpit. It's somewhat painful to the touch. Is there any reason to have it removed?

I was diagnosed as having a fatty mass in my armpit. It's somewhat painful to the touch. Is there any reason to have it removed?

Lipoma: A benign fatty tumor is called a lipoma and unless it is red, hot, swollen and severely painful it should be observed and checked periodically by your physician. ...Read more

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A hard mass inside my armpits keep forming. I amtold that if I pinch it will stun the growth and will disappear and it does, but it comes back.

A hard mass inside my armpits keep forming. I amtold that if I pinch it will stun the growth and will disappear and it does, but it comes back.

Possible cyst: This may be a wen or other type of cyst that fills up and empties. Have your pcp examine it if it doesn't disappear. ...Read more

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Very soft swelling that u can hardly detect a mass inside, under left armpit, for 2 years, getting bigger in last months?

Very soft swelling that u can hardly detect a mass inside, under left armpit, for 2 years, getting bigger in last months?

Get checked.: It is impossible for us to be able to tell what this is without an in person examination. Since it is getting bigger, please get seen very soon! (Within a week) Take your temperature twice a day, and right it down and take those readings to your doctor. Weigh yourself once a week and take that info in, too. ...Read more

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I have a 5x5 inch doughy feeling mass build up on my left rib cage just below my armpit. It moves easily, and is painless. Right side is smaller?

Evaluation: Hi, that's possibly a fat mass, called lipoma but to be sure you need to see a doctor, if the mass is growing fast then you need evaluation and imaging ASAP. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have a swelling in armpit and doctors say I should remove it, is it a must, nothing was proven its bad or not. But its just a mass 5x5 CM movable?

I have a swelling in armpit and doctors say I should remove it, is it a must, nothing was proven its bad or not. But its just a mass 5x5 CM movable?

Excision biopsy: Yes. I would also recommend to go for excision biopsy of 'mass' in the arm pit, which I assume to be a lymph nodes. You can also discuss your concerns with your doctor before agreeing for the surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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3 years ago I thought I got a zit in my armpit but couldn't pop it I still have the mass a little deeper now... What could it be it was black on the us?

3 years ago I thought I got a zit in my armpit but couldn't pop it I still have the mass a little deeper now... What could it be it was black on the us?

Cyst: It could be a sebaceous cyst or epidermal inclusion cyst. This normally needs to be removed by surgical excision. It can also be treated with incision and drainage or a steroid injection can be used to shrink the cyst (but it can keep recurring). Surgical excision would be definitive. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a suspicious mass in the armpit and a swollen/clogged sweat gland?

What is the difference between a suspicious mass in the armpit and a swollen/clogged sweat gland?

Exam: Good question! Often it is difficult for a patient to know the difference between a suspicious mass in the axilla (armpit) and an obstructed or infected sweat gland or hair follicle. If it is red or has a discharge suspect infection and use warm compresses and antibiotics. If it is hard and non-tender it could be serious. See your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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Biopsy on prominent lymph node about 3 inches below armpit ultrasound showed no tumour or mass. Should I be worried?

Biopsy on prominent lymph node about 3 inches below armpit ultrasound showed no tumour or mass. Should I be worried?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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U/S inconclusive of 1.4cm mass and 1.4x1.5cm mass in armpit. Doc thinks its cyst&lymphnode but unsure U/S shows scarring on the masses. Cancer? I'm 18

U/S inconclusive of 1.4cm mass and 1.4x1.5cm mass in armpit. Doc thinks its cyst&lymphnode but unsure U/S shows scarring on the masses. Cancer? I'm 18

Needle or watch: If it was me, I'd watch it. Teen cancer doesn't present like this. Hodgkin's would be growing rapidly or you'd be sick. The other option if it's cystic or you're simply very anxious is to have it fine-needled. It's your call with your physician. You'd be amazed how many of your fellow teens have the same thing. ...Read more