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54 yr old, hard small lump on tongue, no pain. What is it ?

Hello Doctor, My mother, she s 54 yrs old has been noticing a hard small lump on her tongue since exactly one month. For the last one month it was non-reducing and since last 3 days she feels it has reduced from its initial 1 cm size. There is no bleeding except one day when she rigorously cleaned her tongue with a tongue cleaner . She complains of no pain usually, and little pain when the lump is touched. There is not much discoloration its slightly transparent white over it. Kindly advice.
Asked On : Thu, 29 Nov 2012
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hi there, you should not neglect this lump and it would be a better thing to do to take her to your local doctor and if required get a fine needle aspiration cytology done to know the nature of the lump and if required to get it resected. It could be a benign condition but malignancy cannot be ruled out without an FNA study. Take care.
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