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What is the cause of painful lump at the tip of ribcage?

my daughter has a hard lump just at the tip of her ribcage. It has been worrying her for sometime. The pain sometimes go across stomach like a knife poking you. she is 42. had two caesarians. otherwise healthy. The dr has done bloods on her now she is to have a ultra sound . Can you enlighten us. YYYY@YYYY
Tue, 10 Jun 2014
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Hi.
Thanks for your query and an elucidate history.

This can be a costo-chondritis and needs X-ray or CT scan to confirm the diagnosis.
A 7 day course of an anti-inflammatory medicines and steroids should help her.
The pain going into the stomach area is due to the subcostal nerve getting inflamed and gives a referred pain. Nothing much to worry about it.
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