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Hard lump in my upper arm

Ive got a hard 1-4 inch lump in my upper arm about 3 inches below the armpit . Its moveable but seems to be attached to something . My doctor said it could be scar tissue but im still worried . Im a 38 yr old male

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The answer

Dear John,

If there has been no injury near the area where this lump has developed then it is unlikely to be scar tissue. Lumps can be many things, from a simple cyst to a fatty lump.

It can be related to one of the lymph glands under the arm caused by an infection. There is a possibility it may be a lipoma but this is rare. Treatment will depend on diagnosis.

So we would suggest follow up with your GP to discuss biopsy or ultrasound of this lump, If you have private medical insurance you can contact your claims team to see if the policy will cover diagnosis and treatment of this lump. Hopefully this will help you.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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