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difference between a hernia and a tumor

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience General Surgery
Can be mistaken: A hernia is a bulge in the abdominal wall where a weakness allows contents within to protrude. A tumor is a solid or cystic mass. In the region of t ... Read More
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Not likely: Lipomas can occur anywhere on the body and are not related to prior surgery. Scar tissue will form at surgical sites, but lipomas occur randomly. Also ... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Morton Levitt
48 years experience Pathology
Pain: A little sketchy on the details? What kind of tumor did you have? Was it also a nerve sheath tumor? If do, you two may have a hereditary condition lik ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manoj Reddy
23 years experience Radiation Oncology
Cyst vs tumor: Cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material, enclosed by a capsule. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue which could be malign ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
"Apples n' Oranges": A hemorrhoid is prominent tissue in the perianal region that is prone to bleed, itch, and/or cause pain. A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thr ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: A hiatus hernia is the stomach protruding up in to the chest above the bottom of the lungs. This is a common contributing factor to gerd. Gerd is the ... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ann Agnew
Dr. Ann Agnew answered
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Nodule vs tumour: Nodules are solid raised areas in or under the skin that are at least 0.5 cm in size. A tumor is an abnormal growth of body tissue and it can occur a ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Young
8 years experience Internal Medicine
Less/more specific: A lump can be anything - solid or fluid filled, scar tissue, just a prominent area. It is a very non-specific term. A cyst means a fluid filled struct ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: A brain tumor is a malignant or non- malignant mass in the brain. A pinched nerve can caused by compression anywhere from a nerve root or more distal.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
26 years experience Urology
Different structures: A hydrocele is a fluid collection around the testicle. A spermatocele is a fluid collection or cyst arising from the epididymis. Both condition are ge ... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Pathology: Hernia is benign happened secondary to abdominal muscle weakness while testicular cancer is malignant growth.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Terminology: A nodule is a non-specific term for any mass or abnormal tissue, it may be due to inflammation, part of goiter or could be a tumor. The tumor usually ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
27 years experience Family Medicine
Hernia is weak spot: A hernia is a "weak spot" found where there is an opening in the middle of muscle tissues, allowing abdominal contents to pass through. The danger is ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Mirabile
32 years experience Gynecology
Baby bump: A baby bump is a pregnant belly whereas a hernia is a defect in the layers of the abdomen.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesse Mills
19 years experience Urology
Anatomic: Spermatoceles are sacs often filled with sperm that herniate out from the spermatic cord or epididymis. Hydroceles are fluid sacs in the tissue that ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Derman
32 years experience Fertility Medicine
Very different: A fibroid is a benign tumor made of smooth muscle cells. A polyp is a growth of the lining in this case of the uterus.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dhaval Shah
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Difference: A carbuncle is skin infection cuased by bacteria and involve hair follicles. It usually drains purulent material. Cyst is a closed sac which may co ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Separate tumors: A teratoma is a tumor with tissue from an organ resembling normal derivatives of more than one germ layer. They may contain hair, teeth, bone and, ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Timothy Moynihan
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Tumors and cysts are two distinct entities: , Tumor. . To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious are ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Yes: A scrotal hernia is a type of inguinal (groin) hernia where the hernia sac has extended out of the groin region and down into the scrotom. These hern ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Not much,,,: There is not much difference between a lesion and a tumor. That is a reason wh7y these terms are often used interchangeably. A difference, if there ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Hendricks
37 years experience General Surgery
Semantics: The term mass might be applied to something that can't be removed via an endoscope, be it large polyp or a tumor. You might want to ask for more speci ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Not the same: A ganglion cyst is formed from a rupture of a synovial capsule. A neuroma is formed from injury to nervous tissue.

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