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What causes a firm mass in right armpit?

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Posted on Wed, 27 May 2015
Question: Hi, When I touch my left armpit i can feel a small line which is firm underneath it. It has been there for 2.5 years.
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
need some details to guide you better

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thank You for contacting HCM. My name is Dr Muhammad Ali Rauf & i will look into your problem.

I have gone through your query and would try to help you in the best possible way. I would be in a better position to guide you anything if you answer following questions please:

1. Is it painful to touch?
2. Is overlying skin color normal?
3. please share a clear close image of that line area.
4. are you on any medication?
5. is same line present on other armpit as well?

I will be looking forward for the answers to conclude the discussion in the best interest of yours.
Thank You
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (10 minutes later)
Hi Dr,

in answer to you questions:

1. It is only painful when i keep touching it and trying to feel it, over and over again. When i keep touching it time and time again the skin in my armpit feels raw

2. The overlying skin colour is normal

3. i don't have a camera but you can't see anything visible. as i said there is no visible line.

4. i'm not on any medication

5. the line is only in the left armpit
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Further workup required

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thank you for getting back with the answers. I have gone through them. Your complaint needs a physical examination of the area followed by ultrasound of that area. Further management will depend upon the results. Fort this i would suggest you to visit hospital & get an appointment for a general surgeon. Meanwhile apply fusidic acid ointment over that area. It will resolve the soreness.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help if not then don't forget to close the discussion and rate it.
Wishing you good health !!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (1 hour later)
Thanks Dr.

Do you think it is likely to be serious though, I mean could it be an infected tendon.

If it is like a line/cord shaped doe that mean that it is not a lymph node.

Do you think it could be cancer

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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (3 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Highly unlikely to be cancer

Detailed Answer:
hello

You are most welcome.

Its very very unlikely to be cancer. It could be simple infection. If confirmed after examination & workup then simple antibiotic therapy would resolve it.

If you have any further questions I will be happy to help if not then don't forget to close the discussion and rate it.
Wishing you good health !!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes a firm mass in right armpit?

Brief Answer: need some details to guide you better Detailed Answer: Hello Thank You for contacting HCM. My name is Dr Muhammad Ali Rauf & i will look into your problem. I have gone through your query and would try to help you in the best possible way. I would be in a better position to guide you anything if you answer following questions please: 1. Is it painful to touch? 2. Is overlying skin color normal? 3. please share a clear close image of that line area. 4. are you on any medication? 5. is same line present on other armpit as well? I will be looking forward for the answers to conclude the discussion in the best interest of yours. Thank You