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Soft lump in elbow crease in a fully tattooed arm

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I have had a soft lump in the crease of my right elbow for years. I never gave it much thought until now. It's not painful and can only be felt if my arm is fully outstretched, palm facing up. Any other position it's not able to felt.

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 8 years ago and have been told lipomas are common. Also, this arm is fully tattooed so perhaps it's scar tissue? This arm was also horribly bruised by an incompetent nurse who left me bruised from elbow crease to wrist.

Just curious as to what this bump could be?

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Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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Hello,

Thank you for asking your query at DoctorSpring.

A soft swelling , which is superficial, which is present for years, with not much changes (I assume) is most probably a Lipoma or a benign cyst over a tendon. The swelling very well fits into the description of a Benign (non cancerous) swelling. So unless you want it to be removed for cosmetic reasons, you can just ignore it.

The only definite way to know the exact composition of the swelling is by doing a needle biopsy. (FNAC)

Hope this helps
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Thank you.


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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