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Small lump below knee - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi, I noticed a pea size lump on left side of shin ( 1.5 inches from bone) about 4-5 inches below knee.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May i know your age and gender?
User :   Famale, 41
Doctor :   On which limb have you noticed this lump?
User :   left
Doctor :   Since when have you noticed this lump?
Doctor :   Is the lump soft or hard to touch?
User :   about 2 weeks now
User :   some what soft and moveable
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is the size increasing gradually?
Doctor :   Do you have notice in the colour or texture of the skin above the lump?
User :   I think it did from the first initial time I felt it.
Doctor :   Do you have notice in the colour or texture of the skin above the lump?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have itching/pain/discharge from the lump?
User :   I had been touching it and now I can feel that it is there when walking. It is more noticable when I flex the muscle. No itching or discharge.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have similar lumps any where else in your body?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   The lump you describe probably appears to be a lipoma.
Doctor :   Lipoma's are benign tumour of the lipid tissue (fat).
Doctor :   The are harmless swelling.
User :   Dr. can they increase in size?
Doctor :   They can gradually increase in its size and do not cause any other symptoms apart from the gradual increase in size.
User :   Do they eventually diminish over time?
Doctor :   The treatment of this is surgical removal alone.
Doctor :   But there are many individuals who live with this for their whole life.
Doctor :   So do not worry about the lump.
Doctor :   You can either get this lump by a minor surgical procedure, or,
Doctor :   you can just watch over it.
User :   ok thank you for your time
Doctor :   Watch for symptoms such as sudden increase in the size, or development of any colour or texture changes.
User :   So there is no chance of it going away on its own?
Doctor :   If any such symptoms develop you may have to report to your doctor.
Doctor :   They may not go away without the aid of the surgical removal.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes thank you.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   No not at this time.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
User :   Will do. Have a good day.
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