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A 32-year-old male asked:

how do i know if a lumps is a cyst or lipoma? it's right under my rib, hard and the size of a marble. doctor won't biopsy

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Michaels
Urology 53 years experience
See below: A lipoma is soft not hard.You can go to a general sugeon who can remove it and it will be checked by a pathologist.Chances are very likely it is something benign.Good kuck.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Lipomas are soft: Ask your DR.
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Time for a second opinion from a dermatologist
Aug 13, 2014
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
General Surgery 31 years experience
You can't tell: The only way to know for sure what it is would be to remove it and test it.

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