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Question: 8 year old - sudden wieght loss + lump above left hip


 mumof2 - Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:04 am

Our son has just turned 8. In the last week he has lost 3 kilos. Down from 22 kilos to 19 kilos. He is eating normally and if anything is eating more than usual. He is asthmatic and following a cold 10 days ago is pretty wheezy at the moment. But we are treating that with nebs 3 times a day. His other worrying symptom is that for the last 2 weeks or so he has been complaining of pain just above his left hip bone, and there appears to be some swelling there - approx. the size of a small egg. We had presumed he had fallen on his hip, but now the sudden weight loss in an already skinny child is concerning us. I intend to take him to the doctors, but getting an urgent appointment always takes a few days!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:32 pm

User avatar Hello Mum0f2,

There are a number of reasons that your son may be experiencing this weight loss and the bump, which may or may not be related. This amount of weight loss, while dramatic, may still be due to a simple viral infection. I would agree with you that this should be evaluated rather than just waiting to see what happens.

The bump may be from some trauma as you initially suspected. Often, the initial bang isn't even noticed until the bruise/bump shows up later. It may also be a lymph node or a small fat cell tumor (non-cancer) called a lipoma.

Having your son seen by his doctor is a good idea to be sure everything is still OK.

Best wishes.

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