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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Chest Diseases

Question: hard lump on chest/no pain

 violinplayer - Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:04 am


recently we found a hard lump just under the collar bone on my right side. there is no pain when pressing on it but doctors have no idea what it may be. ive had a CT and an MRI. MRI came back with nothing on it which is odd seeing as you can plainly see a lump about the size of an egg on my chest. The CT showed something but it showed the dencity of a muscle yet when you feel it it feels as hard as bone. any ideas?

Thank you
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:26 pm

User avatar Dear violinplayer,
It is very difficult to tell by the anatomical location and few symptoms what it could be, especially if the associated symptoms are not indicative for any possible diagnosis.

In any case clinical examination is very essential for differential diagnosis of any palpable mass. You have mentioned that the CT examination indicated that the mass is of muscle origin. Did it show any other characters, like being well defined, localized , etc?

Complete history, physical examination and the results of imaging studies can provide
an idea about the further investigations needed to reach diagnosis. FNAC or biopsy can be recommended to define the nature of this mass.

Discuss with your doctor the possible investigations he would recommend to reach the diagnosis of this mass and keep on follow up with him.

Best regards,

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