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Lump in the right armpit, nodule or cyst attached to rear muscle of armpit. What can be the reason?

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I have a lump in my right armpit. It seems to be about 5mm in diameter and probably attached to the rear muscle surrounding the armpit. I assume it's some kind of nodule or cyst. I don't think it's been there long.
Now (this is later) it hasn't grown, indeed just might be slightly smaller..
Posted Tue, 22 May 2012 in Lymphoma
 
 
Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 3 hours later
Hi there.

Thanks for the query.

Since when have you noticed the lump in your right armpit ?

Do you have any recent weight loss, weakness, cough ?

Are you a smoker ?

Are there any such lumps or swelling in your left armpit, neck region, groin region or other places of your body ?

Is there any wound on your right upper limb like nail infection, pus filled mass anywhere on arm or forearm ?

For what reason did you get Prostatectomy done ?

According to the Clinical picture provided there could be many possible causes. It could be lymph node swelling, vascular swelling, abscess or infective swelling, soft tissue mass or muscular swelling etc.

The Surgeon needs to feel it and examine you to get a clear picture of what it may be. An ultrasound or needle aspiration test will also help to confirm what it is.

If you fear lymphoma, it usually is accompanied by multiple swellings in the neck, recent significant weight loss, fatigue, night sweats etc.

Other lymph node swellings could be due to infection in hand, chest, neck regions, chronic chest infections as well.

It would be best to get the lump examined by a Surgeon without any fear. A diagnosis will be reached quickly. If the mass is benign it may be removed if it is causing you trouble.

Your Total Cholesterol levels are just borderline, better to remain less than 5.17mmol/L. You are obese according to Body Mass Index calculation for your height. Kindly avoid fatty, oily, junk food, colas, smoking and alcohol. Eat food XXXXXXX in proteins, calcium, plenty of fresh fruits and XXXXXXX leafy vegetables. Drink plenty of water. Do daily brisk walking for 40 minutes. Do Yoga for stress relief.

Get your Lipid profile, Kidney function tests, EKG for heart and a Cardiologist's opinion often.

I hope I have answered your query. I will be available to answer your follow up queries.

Wishing good health.

Regards,



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Follow-up: Lump in the right armpit, nodule or cyst attached to rear muscle of armpit. What can be the reason? 4 hours later
Since when have you noticed the lump in your right armpit ?
Maybe a few months.
Do you have any recent weight loss, weakness, cough ?
No; a bit of phlegm for the past month or so; just got a cold today so I think it is a virus I have picked up in the past week or two.
Are you a smoker ?
No.
Are there any such lumps or swelling in your left armpit, neck region, groin region or other places of your body ?
No.
Is there any wound on your right upper limb like nail infection, pus filled mass anywhere on arm or forearm ?
No.
For what reason did you get Prostatectomy done ?
A biopsy showed some cancer in the prostate. I think my doctor was hasty and we could have waited and watched, but anyway the decision was made.
I should tell you that the only reason I mentioned lymphoma was because your website didn't offer the right option for me to merely say 'lump under armpit'. I have no reason to think ii is a lymphoma..
The mass is causing me no discomfort and I am keeping a watch on it. As far as my weight is concerned I think I am gradually losing weight and I would think I am very borderline obese. Also my cholesterol level is tending down rather than up.
Exercise is surprisingly difficult in India; my game of choice is tennis but nobody plays here! Only cricket! I will try to find a local gym and do something more regular, but I must say it's much easier in Sydney!!
(No wonder all their women are fat by 40, NONE of them do anything at all: No basket ball, no softball, no tennis, no golf, definitely no jogging, no female gyms; hardly any male ones for the matter. ONLY cricket, and that's only for young men. The wealthier women stay alive with good medication, the poor ones stay alive by walking because they can't afford transport. The government would do well to open thousands of sports areas ofr both men and women and encourage everyone to get involved, they would have a far healthier population!)
 
 
Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 58 minutes later
Hi there.

Thanks for your reply.

The lump in the armpit may need further investigation after a thorough physical examination to find the cause and nature of the swelling if it is infection or neoplastic.

Do consult your Surgeon soon in this regard. Required investigations as mentioned above would be required.

I do agree the need for exercise and choice of game very important as well. You can always join a club and pursue your hobbies and choice of sport. Keeping fit is essential for a healthy body and mind. Cholesterol level tends to lower with exercise and consuming XXXXXXX leafy vegetables as well.

Keep up the spirit and enthusiasm as it will take you a long way.

Kindly do follow up with me for any queries/

Wishing good health.

Regards,



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