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Lump at the collar bone, pain recurred, swelling initially but the whole hand pains, tilting the head to the left the lump visible, can surgery leave a scar?. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi
User :   hello DR
User :   I have this lump just above my collar bone
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   its der from past 3 weeks i guess
User :   had been to surgeon too
User :   he had given medicines for 5 days
Doctor :   Ok
User :   dat got over on last tuesday.. now again the same pain has recurred
User :   he was nt sure abt the exact reason bhind dis
Doctor :   Do you mean lump or swelling above the collar bone?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   how d i knw the difference between two?
Doctor :   Do you mean lump or swelling above the collar bone?
Doctor :   * I am sorry, I meant do you have lump or pain above the collar bone?
User :   initially only d swell later my whole hand use to pain..
User :   as if i hav done sumtig very tedious from my right hand
User :   dats wen i went to dr
User :   few cms
Doctor :   How big is the lump?
User :   slight
User :   its not movable
Doctor :   Are the borders defined?
User :   if i tilt my head to left.. it is visible
Doctor :   Are you able to move the lump?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Are you able move the skin above the lump?
Doctor :   Did the doctor perform any tests?
User :   nt yet
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   k
User :   go ahead dr
Doctor :   Based on your description the lump could be compressing on the nerves causing pain over the arms.
Doctor :   It is difficult to predict the nature and type of lump based on the history alone.
User :   i m a bit scared,.. as in medication didnt affect me at all
Doctor :   It could be a lymphnode / lipoma / fibroma.
User :   yes dr had told me if its a lymphode it will go away in these 5 days
Doctor :   The medications probably given to you were antibiotics which can treat infective conditions,
Doctor :   Since they have not infective conditions are likely ruled out.
User :   whats benign ??
Doctor :   It appears to be benign conditions.
Doctor :   An ultrasound scan on the suprascapular region and neck may be useful in confirming the diagnosis.
Doctor :   Benign means non serious.
Doctor :   So do not worry.
User :   I wil visit the same surgeon once more
Doctor :   I suggest you to see a surgeon who can evaluate the lump, get the necessary treatment done.
User :   I want to detect the real reason for this thing
Doctor :   Treatment can be either medical or surgical depending on the results of the test.
User :   wil der b any scars left behind due to surgery
User :   as u knw dr its a very visible area
Doctor :   The tests will aid us in determining the cause of problem.
Doctor :   Since you report the size to be a few cms, if surgery is needed, the incision is most likely to be very small.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Small incisions usually do not cause serious scars.
User :   will keep u posted
Doctor :   If they do occur, they will fade away with time.
Doctor :   So do not worry.
User :   yes
Doctor :   Discuss with your surgeon, get the tests done to clarify the nature of the lump.
User :   NO DR
Doctor :   The need for surgical treatment can be decided upon that.
User :   Thanks a lot
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   my pleasure
User :   bye
Doctor :   You are welcome.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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