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28 Jan 2003

bleeding lump
Hi Doc
I'm a 24 year old woman, and I've had a lump on my lower back for more than 2 years. The lump is under the skin, feels hard when I touch it, is approximately 4 cm in diameter, and I could see some reddishness externally (on my skin). Mostly the lump causes no pain, but every few months it gets really swollen and very painful. After a few days the pain slowly disappears and then the lump returns to it's normal size again.

The past few days I have experienced extreme pain caused by the lump. And last night I noticed for the first time that there were some fluid discharging from the lump. The fluid was bloody and yellowish in colour (the lump almost looked like a giant pimple), and I squeezed out as much of the fluid as I could. This morning the lump is still discharging some fluid, but it is less painful (although still sore).

Any ideas on what this could be?
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01 Jan 0001

Cindy, it’s difficult to say without being able to examine it, but it might be a sebaceous gland or a lipoma. The easiest would be to let your doctor have a look and sort it out for you. Good luck.
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