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I have a hard lump, about the size of a walnut but not knobbly,

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I have a hard lump, about the size of a walnut but not knobbly, towards the bottom of my back just on 1 side of my spine. It's not squishy, not fluidy, and it doesn't hurt. What is it likely to be? It has been there for years
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 4 years ago.

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it could be a ganglion cyst

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or a sebaceous cyst.

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these are benign cysts on the skin.

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they can be removed surgically if the lump bothers you, but if it doesn't bother you, you can just leave it alone.

JACUSTOMER-bcr4lqdv- :

Ok thank you, it is not on my skin as such but under - it moves from side to side when pressed (or at least it feels like it)

Dr. David :

yes, these cysts can be under the skin as well.

JACUSTOMER-bcr4lqdv- :

ok, if it was anything worse it would burt or I would probably feel it more?

Dr. David :

if it was worse, it would hurt and it would get larger over the years.

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but since it has stayed there about the same size, then it is most likely not worrisome.

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does this help?

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do you have other questions?

JACUSTOMER-bcr4lqdv- :

thank you very much

JACUSTOMER-bcr4lqdv- :

no more questions

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you are welcome

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