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Lump near the spine, irregular heart beat. No injury. Is tachycardia related to the lump on spine?

I just discovered a golf size (diameter) lump to the left of my boyfriends spine , right around L2. When I palpate it, he states that it s uncomfortable but that it does not hurt. He has no hx of back injury . What could this be? (I ve also noticed that his heart rate has been irregular lately. He skips beats and has short spurts of tachycardia . Could any of this be related?)
Asked On : Wed, 13 Feb 2013
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Thanks for the query

The swelling close to the spine needs examination to exactly know it's nature. There could be a possible link between these lump and tachycardia., if the lump is infective one for example an abscess. How ever, if the swelling is something else like a lipoma, neurofibroma etc the link is unlikely and we may have to investigate him separately for both these conditions. My advice will be to get examined by a physician and get an ECG which will help us guide you better. Other causes of tachycardia/irregular heart rate like thyroid dysfunction should be kept in mind.

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Answered: Thu, 14 Feb 2013
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