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Lump on back near shoulder blade, non tender

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Posted on Thu, 7 Jun 2012
Question: My son is 14yrs old 112lbs and 5' 6" and recently noticed a soft small lump on his back near his shoulder blade. It is non tender and he has no other symptons. He is active (plays football), eating well, and has had no weight loss.
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Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal (2 hours later)
Hello,

Thanks for posting your query.

A small painless soft lump near the shoulder blade can possibly be due to-

1. A lipoma- a benign collection of fat cells.

2. A lymph node swelling - usually seen in the presence of any infection in the area or viral illness.

3. A benign tumor usually involving soft tissue structures or underlying muscle tissue.

4. Boil or Abscess: It generally starts as a reddened, tender area. Over time, the area becomes firm and hard. Eventually, the center of the abscess softens and becomes filled with pus.

5. Sebaceous cyst: It is filled with a soft, whitish brown material that sometimes oozes out onto the skin's surface. This material is called sebum. If this protruding is accompanied by pain as well then there is a possibility of infection.

For the confirmation of diagnosis, you need to get this lump examined from a doctor and get a MRI scan for any soft tissue growth and a FNAC (fine needle aspiration biopsy) done.

Meanwhile, apply warm compresses on the lump because if it is a swollen lymph node or boil then application of warm compresses will help.

Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.

Wishing your son and you a good health.

Regards.

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Lump on back near shoulder blade, non tender

Hello,

Thanks for posting your query.

A small painless soft lump near the shoulder blade can possibly be due to-

1. A lipoma- a benign collection of fat cells.

2. A lymph node swelling - usually seen in the presence of any infection in the area or viral illness.

3. A benign tumor usually involving soft tissue structures or underlying muscle tissue.

4. Boil or Abscess: It generally starts as a reddened, tender area. Over time, the area becomes firm and hard. Eventually, the center of the abscess softens and becomes filled with pus.

5. Sebaceous cyst: It is filled with a soft, whitish brown material that sometimes oozes out onto the skin's surface. This material is called sebum. If this protruding is accompanied by pain as well then there is a possibility of infection.

For the confirmation of diagnosis, you need to get this lump examined from a doctor and get a MRI scan for any soft tissue growth and a FNAC (fine needle aspiration biopsy) done.

Meanwhile, apply warm compresses on the lump because if it is a swollen lymph node or boil then application of warm compresses will help.

Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.

Wishing your son and you a good health.

Regards.