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Hard lump under rib cage, slight soreness, feels like a rib. Causes?

I have a hard bone like lump under left rib cage, I noticed it first when I was little, now just wondering what it could be. It never bothers me. Today I ve been pushing on it a lot and trying to feel more for what it is, so it s a little sore. I always thought it was a rib but its much shorter than my other ribs and sticks out more. What could it be?
Asked On : Tue, 13 Nov 2012
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Thanks for writing to us.

The condition you are referring to probably falls under a Cartillagenous -bony overgrowth usually occuring near a joint and we doctors call it an "Exostosis".This is technically referred to as a benign tumour called"Osteochondroma".This usually develops during childhood to adolescence on the bony growth it is a benign growth no treatment is usually required.

(B)Costochondritis;-Usually a sterile inflammation that responds to NSAIDs and occurs in the junction of rib with a cartillage.Tietz Syndrome.

When there is a rapid growth/painful/obstructing a blood vessel/compressing a nerve/causing tingling and numbness--Neurovascular symptoms develop the orthopedic intervention is required in the form of Surgery termed as "Excision"(Biopsy-HPE)

Kindly consult an Orthopedic Surgeon who will investigate the same with X-Ray/CT-Scan/MRI as per the merit of the case and advise you

further Management based upon the results. Sometimes Bone Biopsy results may be required if Chondrosarcoma is suspected.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Best Regards,

Dr Lt Cdr ASN Bhushan.
Answered: Wed, 14 Nov 2012
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