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My daughter appears to have a bone that protrudes from

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Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Question: My daughter appears to have a bone that protrudes from her elbow she closes it. Is this normal? The bone exists on the other side but does not protrude as much
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (10 minutes later)
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (0 minute later)
It’s on the arm that she puts all of her weight on when she does cartwheels. And she does a lot
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (0 minute later)
No pain
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (28 minutes later)
Hello?
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Upload digital photos please-used "upload reports" tab.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

I have a few questions to try to sort this out:

1. How old is your daughter?
2. Did this just recently happen that it is protruding, or do you think it's been like this for awhile and you/or she, are just noticing it?
3. Was there an injury?
4. Is the protrusion hard or more like swollen tissue?

Can you upload a few pictures (from different angles) so I can see what is going on?

If the tissue is not hard as a rock but more like swollen tissue, it may be olecranon bursisitis which can be treated usually with rest and NSAIDS.

If it is a XXXXXXX lump, then it should be checked out to make sure it isn't a solitary painless lymph node.

If it is hard bone, then it may just be an anomaly - something that is particular to her.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (19 minutes later)
Oky working on it
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (2 minutes later)
Where is the upload reports tab?
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (2 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Upload Reports

Detailed Answer:
It might be on the first page where you wrote your question. I think it will be on the right of the screen. It looks like a "button" and on it is "Upload Reports". Click it and you can upload digital pics.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (24 minutes later)
My daughter is 10. She just noticed it tonight. It is def bone, similar to the bone on the other arm. It just sticks out more. Disappear when she straightens her arm. Anomaly?
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (3 minutes later)
She does lots of cartwheels putting the weight on that arm.
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (9 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Thoughts on this

Detailed Answer:
I saw the 2 pictures you uploaded.

This is not a bursitis, as it is not in the right location for that.

It may be an especially prominent process of the humerus (upper arm bone) but it is, as you described, very prominent. So much so, that I am going to recommend you take her in to be seen by her doctor who can compare both arms and who knows what her arms normally look like.

I'm including a link to drawings of the arm bones for your reference - you'll have to copy and paste it into your search bar: https://www.healthpages.org/anatomy-function/bones-arm/

Any new bone growth which is asymmetric should be checked out. Bones of one side do not always grow at the same rate as those on the other side, but as you notice a big discrepancy, I would advise having her seen in person where the doctor can compare both side by side.

It may be that one side just grew more than the other, as she is 10 which is an age where we do see bony growth acceleration.

So - I wouldn't panic but I would advise taking her in to be seen.


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