Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
157 Doctors are Online

What causes soreness in chest and firm nodule tender to palpation?

Dec 2012
User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2012
Answered : 1704 Questions
I have a 14 year old wrestler that is complaining of a sore on his chest for 3 days which has gradually worsened. exam finds a 2 cm raised, firm nodule which is tender to palpation and seems to be coming to a head. what would be my differential diagnosis
Posted Sun, 9 Feb 2014 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Nsah Bernard 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Abscess is most likely Detailed Answer: Hello XXXXXXX Thanks for posting on XXXXXXX From your clear cut description, I will say he is having an abscess (probably still developing without pus). It will also be wise to rule out benign subcutaneous tumors, such as cyst and adenoma. Besides those, the rest are less likely to occur for a young teenage with no particular medical history. I just he be placed on antibiotics such as cloxacillin and antiinflammatory such as ibuprofen for 5-7 days then reexamine after 5-7 days. If it is an abscess, pus will collect and can then be drained subsequently so that healing should be more effective. If after 5-7 days the nodule is still firm and not collecting pus, I will suggest a fine needle aspiration and if nothing comes out, it will be best to refer the child to a surgeon who can have a proper look at the nodule. Hope this helps and wish you the best. Dr. Nsah
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Doctor Now

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor