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What causes enlarged rib bone?

I m a 19 Year old male, I ve had an enlarged left rib right under my breast for about at year. It comes with pain that comes & goes. The pain is never really that bad just kind of mild, it still hurts . My left breast is slightly enlarged & bigger than my right, looks a little swollen although not red. I m afraid that I have cancer or what else could it be ? A benign tumor or maybe a metastasis.
Fri, 5 Jun 2015
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Dear patient
Cancer ot metastasis is rare at your age and your need not to worry about it. You might be having osteochondroma of left sided rib which is benign bone tumour. This need to be investigated with 1. Xray of chest postero anterior view and 2. Ct scan of chest to confirm diagnosis and know the exact site of origin of tumour. Please visit radiologycenter nearby you and get it done. You need to consult expert orthopaedic surgeon with report. If diagnosis is confirmed treatment is surgical excision of osteochondroma. All the best.
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Jayesh Vaza's  Response
Dear patient
Most common cause of enlarged rib at your age is osteochondroma which is benign bone tumour. It is not true bone tumour and rarely cause symptoms except cosmetic swelling. This needs to be investigated with CT scan of chest with 3D reconstruction of images to confirm diagnosis and to know exact location. If diagnosis is confirmed treatment is surgical excision of tumour as there is 1 % chance of it turning malignant. You need to consult expert orthopaedic surgeon nearby your area with report. All the best.
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What causes enlarged rib bone?

Dear patient Cancer ot metastasis is rare at your age and your need not to worry about it. You might be having osteochondroma of left sided rib which is benign bone tumour. This need to be investigated with 1. Xray of chest postero anterior view and 2. Ct scan of chest to confirm diagnosis and know the exact site of origin of tumour. Please visit radiologycenter nearby you and get it done. You need to consult expert orthopaedic surgeon with report. If diagnosis is confirmed treatment is surgical excision of osteochondroma. All the best.