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malignancy or benign?
My husband, who is 48 years old, has been having this golf ball size swelling on the outer part of his right ankle for more than a year. There was no pain initially but recently he said it is painful when pressed or when he puts on his shoes. No doctor could give him a proper diagnosis. Hope you can help give a name to his condition and suggest what is the proper treatment to be done. Thanks.RESPONSEHi Jayanthi,It is impossible for me to make a diagnosis just looking at a picture especially when doctors who have actually looked at it are clueless as to what it might be.I have a couple of ideas, but if your husband walked into my office, the first thing I would do is a biopsy. There is a procedure known as a dry tap biopsy, where a needle is inserted into the growth. Sometimes fluid can be expelled from the growth and sometimes not. In either event the needle is then placed in a formalin solution and sent off to the lab. From this small sampling a good pathologist can usually make a diagnosis.Although I do not know exactly what is growing on your husband's ankle, one of the possibilities is that of a malignant growth. At the very least, that has to be ruled out through biopsy.My best advice would be for your husband to make an appointment with a surgeon and request that the growth be biopsied, sooner rather then later.Marc Mitnick DPMDISCLAIMER
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