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Have bony protrusion on bottom of rib cage. It is not painful. What is it?

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Both of my adult children have had a bony protrusion on the bottom left side of the rib cage, since infancy. My daughter's really sticks out. What is this? It is not painful. My son's is only noticeable if you know it is there, but my daughter's is unsightly. She has never complained, although I am sure it bothers her.
Posted Wed, 22 Aug 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Ram Choudhary 2 hours later
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This problem is probably the Familial multiple Exostoses where extra bony processes grow in childhood and continue to grow, they are painless and don't cause much problem but are unsightly.
Please consult your orthopedician/Plastic Surgeon if removal is warranted due to cosmetic issues but they are notorious to grow again.
I hope this advise would be helpful for you.

Still if you have any queries or doubts, please write me back,
I would be happy to solve them.

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Follow-up: Have bony protrusion on bottom of rib cage. It is not painful. What is it? 6 hours later
However neither of my children have multiple bony growths, just one each. And I have also read that only 10% of those that occur on a rib are benign. Is this not the case?
Answered by Dr. Ram Choudhary 7 hours later

Welcome back to healthcare magic Physicians!
The lesions are multiple mostly but single lesions are also not uncommon
These growths are benign as a rule and hardly ever become cancerous.
I would like them to review to an Orthopedician whenever feasible just to make sure the diagnosis and furnish you with the status of the problem as well.
I think the advise would be helpful for you.

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