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Diagnostic Tests for Back lump

Diagnostic Test list for Back lump:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Back lump includes:

  • Physical examination
    • If skin lump on back, examine location, colour, temperature, tenderness, shape, size, surface , edge, consistency and mobility
    • Examine lymph nodes
    • Examine spinal vertebral column, noting any deformity, abnormal curves to suggest scoliosis or kyphosis
    • If suspect spina bifida, examine for dermal pit, a depression with a tuft of hair or fatty swelling ,tone, power, reflexes and sensation in legs
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count and ESR looking for raised white cells and ESR in abscess and Skeletal tuberculosis
    • Alkaline phosphatase may be elevated in bone metastases
    • Calcium may be increased or decreased in bone metastases
  • Other tests
    • Mantoux test - if suspect skeletal tuberculosis.
    • X-ray of Spine - can diagnose scoliosis and kyphosis; can determine if metastases are osteolytic or osteoblastic which can help determine where it may have come from; can diagnose spina bifida occulta.
    • CT or MRI of Spine - can help detect vertebral tumors and compression of spinal cord or nerve roots by vertebral pathology.
    • Skin biopsy - of skin lump by excision or punch biopsy.
    • Needle biopsy - if suspect skeletal tuberculosis.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Back lump:

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