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Abdominal ultrasound done. Found lump below centre of ribcage. Should I be worried?

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I just woke up and found a lump about 1.5 inches below the center of my rib cage. I just had an abdominal ultrasound a couple of days ago and wondering if that might have caused some weird inflammation there. There is no pain, should I be worried and what could this be?
Posted Sun, 12 May 2013 in Abdominal Pain
Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 1 hour later

Thank you for your query.

1. The Xiphoid Process (Xiphisternum) is usually felt as a painless lump just below the center of the rib cage. It is a normal cartilage which ossifies with age.

2. Any abnormal swelling related to the abdominal wall, liver, gall bladder, stomach or any hernia would have been picked up on an abdominal ultrasound. You may draw the attention of your physician to this and get it palpated to remove any doubt.

3. The ultrasound itself will not cause this swelling or inflammation. Any relation will be a coincidence.

4. There is no cause for worry.

I hope that I have answered your queries. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

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