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My 14 year son started complaining of a small lump on his stomach right in between his belly button and hip on his left side. He said the lump has been there for a couple weeks but just started to get tender to the touch. No redness or marks on the skin. Just a lump right under the skin. It almost feels like a vein or lymph node. Is this some thing we need to have his doctor look at?


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replied May 24th, 2010
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It is hard to tell what the lump between the belly button and the left hip is without seeing it. The exact location might have been helpful. The bump is not likely to be an inflammation of any skin structure (skin gland or hair follicle) because there is no redness on the skin. It is also important whether the lump is soft or solid and whether it is movable.

You are advised to take your son to a family doctor for a physical examination. If the lump is detected as an enlarged lymph node, the doctor might ask for laboratory blood tests and might check for any inflammation in the vicinity. Lymph nodes act as guardians against infection, thus not letting it spread throughout the whole body. If infection is detected, a course of antibiotics is likely to be recommended in order to solve the infection and the enlarged lymph node.


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