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What causes a painful lump on the upper thigh?

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Posted on Mon, 23 May 2016
Question: I have a lump sore to the toch on the front of my upper thigh. Seems to be on top of a ligament. Has been there for 2 weeks now
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Sebaceus cyst seems possible.

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Thank you for the query.

Can you please attach a photo of this lump?

Painful lump usually indicates infected lump. If there was a lump before in this area, and now became painful, sebaceous cyst is the most probable reason. If so, there should be a tiny dent visible on the skin surface.
If this lump has become bigger recently, this is an alarming sign and you should not wait with it.
Otherwise its rather benign lesion.

To have it diagnosed property, please have soft tissues ultrasound done. Sebaceus cyst should be removed. This procedure can be done in local anesthesia.

Hope this helps. Feel free to ask further questions.
Regards.
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What causes a painful lump on the upper thigh?

Brief Answer: Sebaceus cyst seems possible. Detailed Answer: Hello! Thank you for the query. Can you please attach a photo of this lump? Painful lump usually indicates infected lump. If there was a lump before in this area, and now became painful, sebaceous cyst is the most probable reason. If so, there should be a tiny dent visible on the skin surface. If this lump has become bigger recently, this is an alarming sign and you should not wait with it. Otherwise its rather benign lesion. To have it diagnosed property, please have soft tissues ultrasound done. Sebaceus cyst should be removed. This procedure can be done in local anesthesia. Hope this helps. Feel free to ask further questions. Regards.