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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My st.bernard has a soft lump on each elbow,can vary in size

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My st.bernard has a soft lump on each elbow,can vary in size they are not painful and are not attached to anything,he is a very lazy saint and would rather army crawl than walk,I was wondering if it was pressure on those joints,Yogi bear is 14 months hold and very healthy in every other way,he currently weighs around 9 3/4 stone regards Jayne
Jayne, those soft bumps are hygromas - false or acquired bursa that develop subcutaneously over bony prominences. They develop after repeated trauma-induced necrosis (tissue death) and inflammation over pressure points. They're initially soft to fluctuant (fluid filled) but may become abscesses or granulomas with or without fistulous tracts, especially if they are secondarily infected. Early lesions usually respond well to loose, padded bandages applied for 2-3 weeks and corrective housing (enforcing lying on soft surfaces). More severe lesions may necessitate extensive drainage, extirpation (complete excision), or skin grafting procedures. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
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