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Old 09-19-2018, 11:19 PM
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For about three months, I've had a bump/lump/knobby thing on the back of my finger. It feels like a lump of something under my skin, kind of movable.

Size, redness, and sensitivity increase and decrease for no apparent reason. Right now, it's about a half inch across, very red and sore.

Insects would have hatched by now.
Nothing showed up in my recent PET scan, so it's probably not cancer.
My doctor says it's not a ganglion (the thing people hit with a book), but isn't sure what it is. She ordered an ultrasound.

While I'm waiting for that, any ideas/theories/wild guesses what it might be?

Gold stars for interesting answers, double stars if you get the same answer as the ultrasound.
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:48 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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For about three months, I've had a bump/lump/knobby thing on the back of my finger. It feels like a lump of something under my skin, kind of movable.

Size, redness, and sensitivity increase and decrease for no apparent reason. Right now, it's about a half inch across, very red and sore.

Insects would have hatched by now.
Nothing showed up in my recent PET scan, so it's probably not cancer.
My doctor says it's not a ganglion (the thing people hit with a book), but isn't sure what it is. She ordered an ultrasound.

While I'm waiting for that, any ideas/theories/wild guesses what it might be?

Gold stars for interesting answers, double stars if you get the same answer as the ultrasound.

can you post a pic?
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Possibly a cyst.
Check this site out for other causes.
https://www.livestrong.com/article/2...-finger-joint/
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Here is a link that talks about many different cyst: https://www.clinicaladvisor.com/feat...rticle/116987/. The only problem I have is that there pictures did not come up for me; but it might be my settings?
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:35 PM
 
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For about three months, I've had a bump/lump/knobby thing on the back of my finger. It feels like a lump of something under my skin, kind of movable.

Size, redness, and sensitivity increase and decrease for no apparent reason. Right now, it's about a half inch across, very red and sore.

Insects would have hatched by now.
Nothing showed up in my recent PET scan, so it's probably not cancer.
My doctor says it's not a ganglion (the thing people hit with a book), but isn't sure what it is. She ordered an ultrasound.

While I'm waiting for that, any ideas/theories/wild guesses what it might be?

Gold stars for interesting answers, double stars if you get the same answer as the ultrasound.
If it is mobile and changes in size it is likely a cyst.

Synovial or ganglion cysts can go by different names depending on where they are located.

If the "bump" is toward the end of the finger near the nail it is Mucous Cyst.

If the "bump" is toward the base of the finger on the palmar side we call them Retinacular Cysts

In reality they are all types of ganglion cysts
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:50 PM
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Had the ultrasound today. It's not attached to blood vessels or tendons. They still can't figure it out, and want me to see a dermatologist. It may be something that happened during surgery.

I tried to take a picture. I'm right handed, it's on my right hand. Very awkward, and just looks like a red spot.

It is located on the back of my ring finger, in the middle of the joint where one would typically wear a ring.
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Old 09-21-2018, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I would get it removed!
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Old 09-21-2018, 05:14 PM
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I would get it removed!
I asked them to, but they insist on knowing what it is first. Freaking high quality health care...
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:03 PM
 
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I asked them to, but they insist on knowing what it is first. Freaking high quality health care...
Many times the only way to know for sure "what it is" is to take it off and send it to pathology, excisional biopsy....
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Old 09-22-2018, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I had a "thing" about the size of a nickel on my left thumb. It was very squshy, moveable and ugly. I had it for years before anyone I saw wanted to remove it. Finally I asked a hand surgeon if he would do it and he did, in the OR ! I watched him take it out and he showed me the yellow blob before he sewed up the incision. He sent it to the lab and it came back as harmless. Just a cyst.
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