Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

181 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

What does a half dollar sized lump on the back indicate?

Answered by
Dr. Suresh Heijebu

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2010

Answered : 3580 Questions

Posted on Thu, 6 Sep 2018 in General Health
Question: My bf has a lump half dollar sized on his left side of his back and side. It is painful to touch. He is 45 smoker . Recently had a groin hernia surgery. About six months ago. And tbi 5 years ago. Used to play professional hockey. But doesn't get much excersize now.
Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Please provide additional information.

Detailed Answer:


Thanks for posting your query.

I can certainly understand your concern.

Before guiding you further, I would like to know the following

1. Since how long he had these symptoms?

2. Please upload images of the swelling in the upload reports option on the webpage.

3. Is there any associated fever/cough/weight loss in him?

4. Any treatment or tests taken? If yes, please specify their details.

Once I receive your answers, I will guide you thoroughly.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
Follow up: Dr. Suresh Heijebu 9 days later
You can't really see anything this lump looks normal back but when I rub his back I can feel it. It's about the size of a baseball if it where squished so that it's not circular it's oblong. He had groin hernia surgery six months ago. And no he hasn't had any tests on it.

He says he thinks v it been there for at least six months, not sure if before or after surgery, also a few years ago he was brutally sodomized by a group and there was damage from that how ever he never went in and had it c he ked out. He has had some weight gain since then.
Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu 12 hours later
Brief Answer:
A fine-needle aspiration and examination of the swelling is required.

Detailed Answer:


I apologize for the delayed response.

I have worked through your attached query in detail.

Considering the clinical description and duration of the swelling, the possibility of an infection is high.

Hence, I'd advise him to consider a fine needle aspiration of the swelling followed by an examination under the microscope to determine its histopathology and further course of action.

Further management is largely based on test results.

The groin surgery for the hernia is probably not related to this.

I hope this answers your query.

Take care.

Dr. Suresh Heijebu, General & Family Physician

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on