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10 Potential Hard Elbow Lump Causes

  1. 1.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is caused by trauma or surgery.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored elbow bump, small elbow lump, marble sized elbow lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored elbow bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Wart

    Warts are non-serious skin growths caused by a virus that infects the top layer of the skin. They are contagious.

    78% go away in 2 years

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored elbow bump, painless elbow lump, small elbow lump, scaly elbow bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Lipoma

    A lipoma is a noncancerous growth of fatty tissue cells. A lipoma can develop in almost any organ of the body although they are most commonly found in the subcutaneous layer just below the skin.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored elbow bump, small elbow lump, marble sized elbow lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin-colored elbow bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  4. 4.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections").

    Good prognosis with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    marble sized elbow lump, painful elbow lump, large elbow lump, pink or red elbow bump, yellow or white elbow bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow

    Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow is the compression of the ulnar nerve, causing numbness and/or weakness in the hands.

    Mild symptoms resolve on their own, severe disease resolves with surgery

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, weakness in one hand, numbness in one hand, pain in one elbow, pain in one forearm
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Pimple

    Acne, also known as pimples, occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil & dead skin cells. Acne is extremely common and ranges from mild to severe.

    The severity of the acne dictates treatment-type and duration. With proper treatment, acne should resolve in weeks to months. In some cases, acne is a long-term condition.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red elbow bump, painful elbow lump, small elbow lump, marble sized elbow lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red elbow bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Dermatofibroma

    Dermatofibroma (superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma) is a common cutaneous nodule of unknown etiology that occurs more often in women. Dermatofibroma frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored elbow bump, small elbow lump, painful elbow lump, elbow itch, marble sized elbow lump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  8. 8.Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

    Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is soreness or pain on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow.

    2-3 weeks and up to 12 months

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    elbow pain, pain in one elbow, hand weakness, pain in the thumb side of the elbow, elbow pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis):
    elbow pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  9. 9.Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis

    Bursae are small fluid-filled sacks located around the body in strategic locations to provide a cushion and help reduce friction. Olecranon bursitis, or elbow bursitis, is an inflammation of the bursa right on the angle of the elbow, causing pain.

    Symptoms should resolve within a week on their own.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one elbow, swollen elbow, warm and red elbow swelling, elbow pain from an injury, elbow bump
    Symptoms that always occur with elbow (olecranon) bursitis:
    swollen elbow
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  10. 10.Basal Cell Carcinoma

    Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer. Skin cancer falls into two major groups: Non-melanoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored elbow bump, painless elbow lump, small elbow lump, growing elbow bump, marble sized elbow lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Hard Elbow Lump

  • Q.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you touch the bump?
  • Q.Have someone feel for your pulse (at the wrist) on the side of your body that hurts. Now, turn your head to that side. Does the pulse go away? (This is known as the Adson's test.)
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Hard Elbow Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced hard elbow lump have also experienced:

    • 20% Elbow Pain
    • 10% Upper Arm Tingling
    • 10% Forearm Pain Near the Elbow
  • People who have experienced hard elbow lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Over a Month
    • 24% Less Than a Week
    • 13% Two Weeks to a Month
  • People who have experienced hard elbow lump were most often matched with:

    • 36% Skin Cyst
    • 30% Wart
    • 26% Lipoma
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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