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What could be the reason for lump under the elbow, it is hard and red ?

LUMP UNDER THE ELBOW.IT IS HARD,NOT MOVEABLE AND IT IS RED AND WARM AROUND THE AREA Hello! My mam is 56years old and has a 30% osteoporosis and history of high blood pressure for which is taking a pill,high blood sugar between 8-9 and stones in her ureter for which she is having operation later this month to be removed.She had also bronhitis and is a smoker. There days ago she woke up with swelling and pain above her left elbow.we found a lump on the elbow which is not moving but it is hot and has redness around the area.she can move her hand more now and has a pain only when pressing on the lump.the swelling it is less then before. Could someone help me by telling me what is it and do I have to worried about it ? I thought it could be a tromb and gave her aspirin for the heart just in case but the redness and the warmness around the elbow is worrying me!!! God bless all!!!! Steph
Asked On : Tue, 7 Jun 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Thanks for query,
The swelling at the elbow is more likely of having hematoma resulting in infection.
She might got some injury causing collection of blood resulting in to infection.
As pain and swelling is less now it is regressing stage.
Go for antibiotic course and anti inflammatory medicines.
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Answered: Tue, 7 Jun 2011
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist Suhani Sethi's  Response
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u r likely to be suffering from bursitis of the elbow joint
The elbow contains a slippery, fluid filled sack called the bursa to help the skin slide over the bone in that area.
Normally, the bursa acts as a cushion between the skin and the bone. But if the elbow is hit, or if it is constantly irritated, the bursa can become inflamed and fill with fluid. This is called bursitis.
The bursa starts to swell, and may create a lump over the end of the elbow. Gradual swelling indicates a chronic or long-lasting condition, while sudden swelling may signal a traumatic injury or an infection in the elbow.
Red and hot skin may indicate an infection.
Generally, R.I.C.E. is the first line of treatment for bursitis.

Rest: Take a break from whatever activity is causing the elbow to swell or become painful.
Ice: Apply ice packs for short periods of time (15 to 20 minutes, three or four times a day).
Compression: Wrap an elastic bandage around the elbow to keep swelling down.
Elevation: Elevate the elbow above the level of your heart.

If the bursitis swelling comes on suddenly or if you experienced a direct blow to the elbow, see your physician right away, as you may need X-rays to rule out the possibility of a fracture. Depending upon the cause of the swelling, you doctor may recommend aspirating, or draining, the bursa. The fluid from the bursa is removed with a syringe. An anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can help reduce pain and swelling. An elbow protector or padding can help reduce the risk of further injury.

Cortisone injections may be used to treat bursitis, as surgery, as a final option to remove the bursa.
Answered: Tue, 7 Jun 2011
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