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Q: 7 year old boy with lump in his breast.....

My 7 year old son's left nipple area has been slightly swollen for the past 2 weeks.  Tonight he told me that his heart hurts right under where his nipple is.  His nipple is still slightly swollen, but today it looked worse.  When I touched it, I felt a lump about the size of a small pea under the skin.  The fact that this issue first surfaced two weeks ago and seems to be getting worse has me concerned.  Today he has been running a fever with the cold sweats off and on - but also has belly ache - don't know if its all connected or not....I see different sites talking about this happening in boys at the onset of puberty . . .but he is only 7.  Any ideas?  Should I rush him to his pediatrician?  Thank you.

 

acmcnee

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
3/24/10 2:38am

This sounds like it could be some sort of infection.  Since he is so young, it would be more likely to be a skin problem than a hormone problem.  Maybe he initially had some sort of scratch or cut that got infected. It's not unusual for women to develop an abscess that feels like a lump under their nipple.  I don't know if that is common in children or not.  Because of the fever, I would recommend calling the doctor.  If the fever is high, call right away; someone will be on call.  Otherwise, you could wait until office hours start.

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Shelly, Community Member
6/14/10 3:42pm

My 6 year old son is having a very similiar reaction, but without the fever. He has had a swollen nipple with a small lump larger than a pea under his nipple. His nipple also is not symetrical to his other. His skin is dry above his nipple. He does not have any discomfort when I touch or press down on the area. I read your story and wanted to know if things improved or did you take your son to a doctor for further examination.

 

My son also complains about stomach aches all the time. I am not sure if that is just to get my attention or there could be a real medical issue.

 

 

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
6/14/10 5:16pm

Hi Shelly - Has your son been to his pediatrician? That would be the best bet. He doesn't have breast cancer, and this is a breast cancer site - so we don't have the tools to help you here. Sorry! PJH

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karma, Community Member
3/21/11 12:39pm

hi shelly.

can i ask if you got sorted with your son. ? my son has lump but what struck me is that my son has sick stomach in evening for weeks  . i thought that it was for attention but  now when i read your query 

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
3/21/11 6:20pm

This sounds like something you should speak with his pediatrician about - especially if it seems to be getting worse. He may have an infection of some kind, and that may be a lymph node that's swollen. So best to call the doctor, OK? Take care- PJH

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ds04, Community Member
3/13/13 11:45pm

Has anyone followed up with a pediatrician or an endocrinologist?  My son has developed the same symptoms and wondered if any diagnosis has bee

n given!?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
3/14/13 5:13am

Hi - The original question that started this thread was over 2 years ago, so the reader may no longer be monitoring. I'd suggest you send her a private message by clicking on her name (in blue), which will bring you to a page where you can contact her directly. Good luck - I hope you son's situation resolves soon. PJH

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