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Small bump in the thumb - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have a pea sized hard lump at the end of my thumb, its very painful and hard, does not move. Ive had it now about 6 months. Any idea?
Doctor :   Hi Dr here
User :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read ur query
Doctor :   May i know what is ur occupation ?
User :   Im a writer, but do not use the thumb for anything
User :   its my left hand
Doctor :   did u have any injury in the hand any time before ?
User :   no, nothing
Doctor :   a hard immobile pea sized lump could be a keloid or a wart
User :   its inside under the skin
Doctor :   But its difficult to diagnose without having a look at it
Doctor :   can u send a pciture of it to XXXXX
User :   its just you can't see anything as its underneath, but I feel the pain if I knock it also you can feel it under the skin
Doctor :   it could be a inflammed tendon as well
Doctor :   if it is painful then a injection of steroid can help to reduce it
User :   would that feel like a solid lump though?
Doctor :   YES a inflammed tendon, can swell up and appear as a hard lump
User :   oh OK, I didn't know tendons could be at the tip of thumbs? I will book into see my GP. Thanks for that. x
Doctor :   the tendons are inserted at the tip of the bone
Doctor :   but inflammation can increase the size of the synovial tissue around the tendons and increase the size
User :   interesting, learn't something new! thanks very much, have a great evening. Best wishes XXXXXXXXx
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   Bye x
Doctor :   bye for now
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