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On acid reducer for GERD. Having lump on chest, hurts when pressed. What could it be?

My boyfriend has been suffering from what we thought was GERD . He has been taking Acid Reducer as well as Tums and it backs off but never goes away. After a month I noticed his chest has a lump on his sternum to the left. Its small about the size of a grape but he keeps touching it and pressing and says it hurts. He s stubborn and wont go to a doctor. What can it be?
Asked On : Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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Thank you for the query.

This is unlikely for this lump to be associated with GERD. It is very hard for the lump inside the chest or abdomen to get through the tissues and be palpated outside. It is possible only for very large tumors, but such would give plenty of other symptoms.
So this lump can be sebaceus cyst or lymphoma. Both are benign and can be left without surgery.
IF you want to be sure, soft tissues ultrasound should be performed.
If it is about GERD, it should be diagnosed with upper GI endoscopy to make sure there is no peptic ulcer, cancer and if there is Helicobacter Pylori infection. Without is, such symptoms can be hardly treatable.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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