Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: B | 2008/07/23

Q.

Lump

Hi Doc

Yesterday my sons creche phoned me as my son (5 years old)was in alot of pain in his groin area. They found a lump the size of a pea on the left side of his groin. He could not stand on the leg or straighten it because of the pain. When I got to him he was still in alot of pain. I took him to the emergency at a local hospital but by the time the doctor got to him the lump was gone and so was the pain. He says that he did not hurt himself in the area and no one else hurt him. He had had a fever of about 38.8 since the previous morning for which they gave him a empaped suppository and that seems to of sorted it out. But he also has a wet caugh and runny nose. This morning I noticed that his nose had blead a little during the night. Im not sure if any of these things are related but I am worried about the lump. What could it of been and where did it go?

Thanks B

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is surprising that the lump disappeared as the most likely cause is a swollen lymph node in his groin. He has a high fever and with his nose bleed he needs to be seen again just to be on the safe side. It would be best if he had a full blood count done when he examined again by his doctor.

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