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What causes a sudden swelling and tenderness near the cubital nodes?

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Posted on Tue, 17 May 2016
Question: I have sudden swelling and tenderness in what I think is near the cubital nodes. It's not a defined small node swelling, it is tender to the touch, and seems like there is some hardness in the center. However, it's not really anything I can move, but yet isn't attached to anything below the skin, just a swollen patch. No fever/weight loss/fatigue, no redness or heat on site. Exact location is arm extended in front of me, palm up, straight from the pinky up my arm just to the side of/past the crease of my elbow. Being on the inside of the arm (top when palm side is up), it's hard believe I injured it. What are some other considerations?
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (48 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
NSAIDs alone would suffice

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

Muscle sprain leading to stress on tendon/ ligaments can lead to swelling and pain. Acute onset of such swelling with pain makes it unlikely for this to be a malignant cause.

NSAIDs , local icepacks and physiotherapy alone would suffice. If the pain persists then the area needs to be examined. X rays can be advised to look for a possible cause e.g soft tissue swelling, arthritis. On examination lymph node enlargement should be assessed and if present the areas draining them should be assessed for any focus of infection.

Wishing you best of health

Thanks

Let me know if you have any query

Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action.

For future follow up / correspondence you may ask me directly at the link given below

http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/Funnel?page=askDoctorDirectly&docId=68107

Dr. M.S. Khalil
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What causes a sudden swelling and tenderness near the cubital nodes?

Brief Answer: NSAIDs alone would suffice Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome I appreciate your concern Muscle sprain leading to stress on tendon/ ligaments can lead to swelling and pain. Acute onset of such swelling with pain makes it unlikely for this to be a malignant cause. NSAIDs , local icepacks and physiotherapy alone would suffice. If the pain persists then the area needs to be examined. X rays can be advised to look for a possible cause e.g soft tissue swelling, arthritis. On examination lymph node enlargement should be assessed and if present the areas draining them should be assessed for any focus of infection. Wishing you best of health Thanks Let me know if you have any query Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action. For future follow up / correspondence you may ask me directly at the link given below http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/Funnel?page=askDoctorDirectly&docId=68107 Dr. M.S. Khalil