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- Mon May 14, 2007 3:43 pm
I am a 39 female, no prior cancer, no surgeries, meds i'm taking levoxyl.
I have been having some achiness in my front upper thigh, noted mostly after walking a distance. I noticed a small hard lump in the front upper thigh area while rubbing it from a dull achy pain. I would say the size of a dime. I worry it's a cancerous lump, any insight would be great.
| Dr. Safaa Mahmoud
- Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:57 am
A swelling can be easier diagnosed if any associated symptoms exist.
It could be a lipoma that tends to occur in some people in certain body areas. Lipomas are usually soft swelling, painless unless infected; and freely mobile. Lipomas are painful when they get infected or when they are big enough to cause compression on underneath neurovascular structures.
I am not sure from the exact anatomical location of this swelling but according to your description, it could be also a lymph node enlargement due to a previous infection or inflammation in the area drained by this group of lymph node.
The inguinal lymph nodes are situated in the crease between the leg and pelvis (more on the outside of that crease, i.e., laterally).
The inguinal lymph nodes drain the vulva, vagina, perineum, gluteal region, lower abdominal wall, and lower anal canal.
Tenderness and pain means an associated inflammation and infection or possibly a compression over a neurovascular structure passing below this swelling.
The size of your swelling is considerable and warrants direct clinical examination.
In any case clinical examination is very essential for differential diagnosis.
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