Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
164 Doctors are Online

Protruding bone on left sternum, lowering platelet count. Is it Xyphoid or a tumour?

I have had loewring platelets since 2006 and a protruding bone/ tumor a little to the left of my sternum. The doctor thinks it is my xyphoid, but I will be honest, I think it is much more. It has become bigger and I do not have to search for it anymor eit is right there. The insurance company denied a CT scan and having 3 little ones I am starting to get very scared about my healt!h! Any suggestions on who to go to or what you might think it would be? I can t even lay on my back or side because it bother me so much!!
Asked On : Wed, 16 Jan 2013
Answers:  1 Views:  21
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Lab Tests
General & Family Physician 's  Response
Thank you for posting your question here, I will try to answer it to the best of my abilities.

It could very well be your xyphoid process, it may have gotten calcified and that is why you feel the lump. But that is only one explanation, it could very well be a hernia or a tumor as well.
Since your insurance company isnt letting you take a CT scan, at least get an x ray done, it may show us what we need to see, it's a bit of a long shot, CT would have been ideal, but since it cant be used ask for an xray at least. It is way cheaper, they shouldnt mind.

I hope this answered your question.
Answered: Fri, 12 Jul 2013
I find this answer helpful

 1 user finds this helpful

1 Doctor agrees with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor