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My husband has a huge hard lump below his sternum. Should he see his doc right away?

My husband has a huge hard lump below his sternum. He says it does not hurt. I have never seen anything like this. He is 47 y/o. History of high BP and is a smoker. He weighs 310 and is 6 ft tall. All his past blood work in the past month has come back fine. We just discovered this tonight. Should he see his doc right away?
Asked On : Wed, 29 Jun 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi lisa,

Welcome to HCM.
Yes he should consult a doctor. If the lump is abdominal and just beneath the skin it could be lipoma. If it is deeper, it could be originating from liver,stomach, pancreas etc. or it could be hernia as well.
To make the right diagnosis and manage it accordingly, a visit to a doctor is must and various investigations may have to be done including ultrasound study, endoscopy etc.
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HELLO
WELCOME HCM...

YOUR HUSBAND HAVE LUMP BENATH OF STERNUM , IT MAY BE LIPOMA. BUT YOU PEOPLE SHOULD RULE OUT THE DIFFERANT DIAGNOSIS LIKE HERNIA OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF LUMP BY ULTRSONOGRAPHY AND ALSO CONSULT GOOD SURGEON ALSO THEY GUIDE YOU MORE.

BYE AND TAKE CARE..
Answered: Wed, 29 Jun 2011
Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Kiran Kumar's  Response
Hi

Huge hard lump below his sternum can be due to a Mid Line Hernia.

Its advisable that he undergoes an Ultrasound Abdomen for evaluation of th lump.

He should visit a doctor

If you can send the pics I can give a better and specific advice.
doctor@healthcaremagic.com with Sub: Attn Dr Kiran Kumar

Thanks and Regards

Dr Kiran
Answered: Wed, 29 Jun 2011
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
Hi,
Thanks for query,
Lump may be from ziffi sternum,either ziffi sternum is loose or separated from sternum,surrounded by muscles giving feeling of lump.
Go for X-ray and find out the cause.
ok and bye.
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