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What causes a lump in between the sternum and navel?

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Posted on Mon, 27 Feb 2017
Question: When I sit upright from a prone position, I have a bulge above my navel the size of a double fist. This has only been present for the past year. I am a 62 year old male.
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
As detailed below.

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for your query, albeit short and specific.
To recapitulate: Male/62 - bulge above the naval of the size of double fist on sitting upright from prone position - past year ....

This may be due to
Divarication of recti or
Supra-umbilical large hernia.

The there is uniform bulge from naval to sternum wherein the gap can be easily felt in its whole length, this is due to divarication of recti. No definite treatment is needed and not available.

If the bulge is only above umbilicus which can have a small circular opening and may feel some boggy mas and/or gurgle of intestines, this is then hernia, needs surgery.

This can be confirmed by clinical examination by a General Surgeon and high resolution ultrasound.


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What causes a lump in between the sternum and navel?

Brief Answer: As detailed below. Detailed Answer: Hi. Thanks for your query, albeit short and specific. To recapitulate: Male/62 - bulge above the naval of the size of double fist on sitting upright from prone position - past year .... This may be due to Divarication of recti or Supra-umbilical large hernia. The there is uniform bulge from naval to sternum wherein the gap can be easily felt in its whole length, this is due to divarication of recti. No definite treatment is needed and not available. If the bulge is only above umbilicus which can have a small circular opening and may feel some boggy mas and/or gurgle of intestines, this is then hernia, needs surgery. This can be confirmed by clinical examination by a General Surgeon and high resolution ultrasound.