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I have a lump in my arm i was told it was a lipoma what is that and how do i get rid of it and is it dangerous

A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
NOT dangerous: A lipoma is a benign 'fatty tumor' under the skin and they are very common. The condition 'tends to run in families'. 'to get rid' of a lipoma a surg... Read More
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Benign Fatty Tumor: Lipomas are non cancerous growths that may occur anywhere on your body, usually evident as a rubbery lump that can be felt just under the skin. They ... Read More
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Collection of fat: I hesitate to use the term "tumor" because it implies cancer. Basically just a collection of fatty tissue, not known to be cancerous. Very common. Peo... Read More

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
No.: Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of a lipoma is to surgically remove it. Happily, these are often very minor operations that can be performed i... Read More
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Unlikely: If large, growing, and or painful removal is best option.
Dr. Mark Pack
General Surgery 31 years experience
No: Lipomas require surgical excision.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joey Bluhm
General Surgery 17 years experience
No: No way to get rid of them other than surgery. Surgery may not be needed though if they are normal appearing and small.
Dr. Mark Pack
General Surgery 31 years experience
No: Surgery is your only option.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
General Surgery 31 years experience
No: Surgery is the only way to get rid of lipomas.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Not a DIY project: First of all, this is not a do-it-yourself project. Assuming the diagnosis is correct, lipomas can be removed through a minor surgery (even in the off... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Lipomas: Sounds like familial lipomatosis. Can remove the more unsightly ones thru small incisions. Se plastic surgeon who does liposuction, could possibly rem... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Diesel fuel on skin: Very good question. Placing your arm under running water for several minutes is best first intervention. Then, trepeated horough cleansing with soap... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Lumps: Those bumps may indeed be abscesses. Seek immediate help from your doctor. Those bumps may represent a staph infection and you need immediate treatmen... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Fat & lumps: You can not spot lose fat. If you have actual lumps - would recommend medical evaluation of these.
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Popowich
Specializes in Family Medicine
Get a biopsy: If sure of dx. Continue to observe, if unsure refer to surgeon for bc.

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