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A week ago I found a lump under my left clavicle, It is right in the middle about hald an inch below my clavicle.  It is hard and not tender ot painful.  I thought it could be a swollen lymph node, but it doesn't move.  It almost feels like it is attached to the top of my rib cage.  (I am a 20 year old female, normal general health)

I went to the doctor and got a blood test, urine test, and chest x-ray.  Everything came back normal.

So no I'm confused because I have no clue what this is!  There is an obvious lump there, but I don't have any answers yet.  I am going to ask the doctor what I should do next.  I just want to make sure it isn't anything that needs to be taken care of right away, especially if it's cancerous.

Does anyone have any ideas about what this could be?
Has anyone been in a similar situation?

Advice/Answers would be greatly appreciated.
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351246 tn?1379685732
Thanks for writing to the forum!
Let’s not jump to cancer immediately. There are many benign swellings possible like lipoma, neurofibroma or a swollen lymphnode (it can be a fixed swelling too). It could also be a cyst or a cold abscess (due to tuberculosis) or maybe even folliculitis. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage without examination. The enumerated the possibilities can be investigated or ruled out one by one by your physician.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!

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Thank you so much for your reply, it was helpful.

Would any of the things you mentioned have shown up on the blood test, urine test, or x-ray?  All tests were normal, so that leaves me pretty lost as to what this lump is.

When the nurse called, they simply read me the test results (in a voicemail).  They didn't tell me what they were going to do next , or whast it could possibly be. So I called and left a message asking that question.  They called back today and the nurse said all the tests were normal, and she would ask the doctor what she wants to do.  Then I guess they will call me back?

I am just lost and confused becuase I have an obvious lump here and just because the tests were normal doesn't mean I shouldn't be concerned.  The nurse acted like she was annoyed that I wanted an answer.  Isn't that why people go to the doctor... to find out what is wrong with them??  I don't know what to do.  What if this is something that I need to take care of right away, and they aren't doing anything about it?  I got the impression that the doctor hasn't even looked at the test results to find a possible diagnosis, and that just because they were normal that they wern't planning on doing anything else to investigate.  I though that SINCE everything was normal, they would have do do something more to investigate, but they seem reuluctant to do so.

All I know is I have an obvious lump, and I still don't know what it is.  What would you (or anyone else reading this) suggest I do next?

I am also worried becuase my aunt had Hodgkins when she was a bit younger then me.
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Once again Dr. Knee has given you exactly the right advice. Dr. Knee is accumulating many coupons for this good advice and will soon be able to construct a new patio deck when all these couppons are redeemed at Home Depot.

The overwhelming odds are that this is a benign growth. A nothingburger.

But I can understand your fear.

The next step would be a needle biopsy.

Sometimes these lumps are best left alone. Some kinds of lumps can be simply crushed by the physician and they will absorb.

You might bring the Hodgkins history to the physician's attention, but I wouldn't necessarily say you have that disease. Lot's of people develop such lumps.

You need to re-contact your physician (a registered letter would be fine) and state:

(1) I appreciate your wonderful medical help, but I am very worried about the lump you observed.
(2) I require a definitive diagnosis as to the nature of this lump, in writing. If you are unable to provide me with this diagnosis, please refer me to a physician who will.
(3) I would like to have this lump removed, and would appreciate referral to a physician who could do so.

If you get no satisfactory results in thirty days, find another physician.

Kepp us posted.
351246 tn?1379685732
Thanks Caregiver 222!!

Best Regards


351246 tn?1379685732
Thanks for keeping me posted!
Lumps like lipoma, neurofibroma, folliculits, localized abscess etc will normally not result in any abnormality in blood and urine tests and X-rays. A cold abscess can cause a raised ESR but again it may not.
I agree with Caregiver222! A fine needle biopsy can only tell you for sure what that lump is. An experienced clinician can however diagnose the lumps by clinical examination too. You can follow the advice given by Caregiver222. Also you can seek an appointment and get the lump examined.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
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Thank you both for your help.

I got the lump examined and thats when they ordered the blood and urine tests and the x-ray.  Then when everything came back normal they left me hanging.

So after I called and talked to the nurse, she talked to the doctor and then they ordered me a CT scan.  I will have it on monday.  The ordered it for the neck and left clavicle (the lump is located about an inch below my clavicle, and I think it ends about 3 inches below the clavicle), without contrast.

What will the CT scan tell them?  Will it help them come closer to a diagnosis?

Thanks again for your help!!!
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