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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? Pleas
I just noticed a small lump under my arm but not in armpit about halfway between armpit & elbow. No pain, but is tender to the touch. I had a nor plant about 18 years ago & the lump is near the scar. Should I be concerned. Could it be related to the norplant?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi May I ask you a few questions pertaining to your problem ?
User :   Yes
Doctor :   May I know your age please ?
User :   38
User :   Will be 38 in april
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   May I know the exact size of the nodule ?
Doctor :   Or lump ?
Doctor :   is it painful?
User :   About marble size. Nor
Doctor :   any signs of inflammation or warmth or redness ?
User :   Not really painful, but tender when pressed.
User :   Not really painful but tender when mashed
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   No
Doctor :   It is a noted fact that 1 in every 17 cases there are Skin inflammations and swellings.
User :   1 in every 17 cases of what?
Doctor :   1 in every 17 implants.
User :   Norplant? The birth control?
Doctor :   Yes exactly.
User :   Even 18 years later?
Doctor :   So we have to first rule out the fact that norplant implant may cause this.
Doctor :   yes, though it is 18 yrs, i would first rule out norplant
User :   How would you determine that?
Doctor :   We would first see the implant site and if it has developed any signs of inlflammation or degenration ?
Doctor :   There have also been reports of tingling and numbness in the arm .
User :   Ok if not that then what could it be? Is the location to far down to be breast cancer?
User :   I haven't had any of that
Doctor :   Lump in the arm especially below the axilla is a very rare site for a breast cancer to show up.
User :   Well frequently in my sleep I wake up with my hands tingling
Doctor :   I would say that axilla has a chance as it has the axillary tail of spence.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   But below it breast cancer is very rare.
User :   Oh thats wonderful! Thats what I was afraid of
User :   What is axilla? Or axiillary tail of spence?
Doctor :   The insertion site should not be bumped, did you have any recent injury on the implant site ?
User :   It's always been kind of lumpy there
User :   No no injury
Doctor :   After Norplant capsules are inserted, they sometimes move from the original position and may cause problems. Infrequently, movement of a few inches has been reported. Some Norplant users have reported movement accompanied by pain or discomfort.
Doctor :   I need more time if you have quesries.
Doctor :   thankl you for consulting me.
Doctor :   take care, bye for now.
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