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What does a soft lump under the left elbow indicate?

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Posted on Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Question: I have a soft lumpunder my left elbow that I can move around. What could that be??
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
may be a lipoma or cyst

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

It may either be a lipoma or a cyst.
(1)A lipoma is a collection of fat cells to form a mass. It normally has a soft texture and it is benign (non cancerous).

It is treated by observation unless it is associated with symptoms in which case it can be surgically removed.

(2)A cyst is a collection of fluid or air within a sac.There are different types but most are benign. Again no treatment is initiated unless it appears suspicious to the doctor or if it is associated with symptoms.

Diagnosis of a lump usually requires examination. During the examination the following is documented: the site, size, consistency, mobility, surrounding skin, colour, contour,tenderness

If you remain concerned, then you may want to consider visiting your doctor for an assessment.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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What does a soft lump under the left elbow indicate?

Brief Answer: may be a lipoma or cyst Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic It may either be a lipoma or a cyst. (1)A lipoma is a collection of fat cells to form a mass. It normally has a soft texture and it is benign (non cancerous). It is treated by observation unless it is associated with symptoms in which case it can be surgically removed. (2)A cyst is a collection of fluid or air within a sac.There are different types but most are benign. Again no treatment is initiated unless it appears suspicious to the doctor or if it is associated with symptoms. Diagnosis of a lump usually requires examination. During the examination the following is documented: the site, size, consistency, mobility, surrounding skin, colour, contour,tenderness If you remain concerned, then you may want to consider visiting your doctor for an assessment. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions