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Soft lump on elbow. Popped it, drained liquid, hard lump leaking clear fluid, hole formed. Treatment?

about 25 years ago i developed a small soft lump on my elbow , about 4 years ago it started growing untill it was about the size of a golf ball, my gp prescribed anti biotics and anti inflammatory s which made no difference, eventually i cut it open and drained it myself, i am now left with a small hard lump which leaks cleas smelly fluid and the hole i made refuses to heal
Asked On : Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi ! Thanks for asking ! Wait ! You say you operate on your own ? Want to say if you thought that GP didn't understand, need to consult with surgeon. NOW ! what to do ! Take pain killer if pain apply betadine and cover with cotton and now it is time to meet a surgeon for further procedure. Don't worry be safe thing will be fine. Bye.
Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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Critical Care Specialist Dr. Sadiq Mughal's  Response
Hi thanks for your question.
This lump is there for last 4 years.The first possibility which come to my mind is sebious cyst.The second possibility is of lipoma and third one could be a boil.The hole you have created is not healing may be due to infection.I would suggest you to take broad spectrum antibiotic like levofloxacin for a week .If wound doesn't heal after one week of treatment,consult an orthopediac surgeon may take biopsy from non healing wound to determine what exactly it is.
Hope this answers your question.
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