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What Does A Painless Hard Lump On The Collarbone Indicate?

I am a 56 year old female and recently (couple days ago) noticed a hard, painless, non-moveable, marble sized lump on the right side of my collarbone. I walk daily and exercise using one and two pound weights and bicycle. No history of major illness or cancer. No other noticeable symptoms. General good health. Non-smoker. No health insurance. Any ideas what this could be and what I may do at home?
Fri, 27 Mar 2015
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Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

If I were your treating Doctor for this case of a painless hard mobile, marble-sized lump on the collarbone, I would come up with three possibilities, these include:

1.     lymph nodes due to some chronic disorder like local infection, tuberculosis, lymphoma or chronic throat / neck infection or even malignant diseases in elderly people!
2.     The second possibility is of benign and simple conditions like lipoma or neurofibroma; there is nothing to worry about these!
     
3.     The last possibility is of sebaceous cyst or some other cysts like bursa, sebaceous cyst, branchial cyst or lymphatic cysts! Nothing to worry about these also!

I suggest you to go for a needle biopsy and ultrasound of the lumps for confirmation and to relieve your concerns!

Hope this answers your question. If you have additional questions or follow up questions then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your questions.

Wishing you good health.
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What Does A Painless Hard Lump On The Collarbone Indicate?

Hi, thanks for writing to HCM. If I were your treating Doctor for this case of a painless hard mobile, marble-sized lump on the collarbone, I would come up with three possibilities, these include: 1. lymph nodes due to some chronic disorder like local infection, tuberculosis, lymphoma or chronic throat / neck infection or even malignant diseases in elderly people! 2. The second possibility is of benign and simple conditions like lipoma or neurofibroma; there is nothing to worry about these! 3. The last possibility is of sebaceous cyst or some other cysts like bursa, sebaceous cyst, branchial cyst or lymphatic cysts! Nothing to worry about these also! I suggest you to go for a needle biopsy and ultrasound of the lumps for confirmation and to relieve your concerns! Hope this answers your question. If you have additional questions or follow up questions then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your questions. Wishing you good health.