Q. I have a lump in my sternum. What can it be?

Answered by
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Apr 24, 2018

Hello doctor,

I have a lump on my sternum. It is not big and not painful, also not hard. I just did chest X-ray and I believe it does not show anything. What can it be? Also, my blood work is normal except high uric acid level.

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine
#

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your X-ray is fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and no lump is visible on the X-ray. The first possibility and common cause is a lipoma.

If possible, you may upload a picture of the lump. Also, let me know, whether it is just below the skin or attached to the sternum, in upper or lower part of the sternum, duration of lump.

So, from the description you gave, it is likely a lipoma which is a painless swelling, below the skin, slightly mobile and not attached to the bone. It is benign and usually needs no treatment. However, one may undergo minor surgery to remove it for cosmetic concerns.

It is not related to uric acid. For uric acid, have a healthy lifestyle, exercise and try to achieve weight loss. Also, limit non-vegetarian food if you are having in plenty. It needs treatment like Febuxostat if more than 10.

Hope this helps you and get back if you have any doubts.

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Thank you doctor,

I cannot make a picture because it is almost not visible. When I touch it, it feels like a piece of fat and it is not too bulging. So, I cannot understand if it is attached to the bone or not. Do I need some additional tests?

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine
#

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

So, in all probabilities, it is a lipoma only. No need to worry about it.

Your BMI (body mass index) is also more. So, it also favors the possibility of lipoma or fat swelling.

Not urgent, however, once just get it examined by a local doctor so that she or he can confirm it. Examination is sufficient and no need for any test to confirm.

All the best.

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