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Doctor insights on: A Fatty Tumor

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What is a fatty tumor?

What is a fatty tumor?

Lipoma: Doctors are usually referring to a soft growth composed of a benign tumor that developed from fat cells. They usually are very slow growing and don't cause problems but easily excised. However a liposarcoma can also appear the same and be more aggressive and are malignant. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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What is a fatty tumor?

What is a fatty tumor?

Lipoma (LYE-PO-MAH): Lipomas are benign tumors composed of fat calls. They may occur anywhere on the body, usually under the skin but over the fascia that covers muscles; less frequently, they are deep to the fascia. Surgical removal is optional, often dependent on discomfort, rapid growth, and/or cosmetic concerns. In general, they are very easy to remove, often under local anesthesia in an office setting. ...Read more

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What causes a fatty tumor?

What causes a fatty tumor?

Unknown: I am not aware of the cause of benign fatty tumors called lipoma. They can run in families but most often they are just present with no known cause. ...Read more

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Can a simple fatty tumor grow in size?

Can a simple fatty tumor grow in size?

Yes: The standard lipoma presents as small subcutaneous soft nodules 1-2 cm. in diameter. Occassionally one sees an extremity lesion, or one of retroperitoneum, lipomatous in origin reaching 20 cm. or more in size. If a small lipoma grows quickly and obtains a 10 cm. dia. it should be resected, because here a malignant change to liposarcoma is possible. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a fatty tumor?

What are the symptoms of a fatty tumor?

It depends on...: ...What it is pushing up against. Fatty tumors, or lipomas, are benign lumps which typically develop in the fatty layer just under the skin; occasionally, they develop deeper, at the muscle layer. Symptoms are usually secondary to what the tumor is pushing up against, and are usually mild-to-minimal. Most people request excision due to cosmetic reasons. ...Read more

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Is it ok to tàttoo over a "fatty tumor"?

Is it ok to tàttoo over a "fatty tumor"?

Future scar/tattoo: There is no medical reason to avoid tattoo over fatty tumor. However when you think ahead to where the scar will be located if the fatty tumor is removed, will it impact your tattoo (scar thru tattoo) or your decision to get tattooed? Surgical fatty tumor removal before tattoo? ...Read more

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What is a fatty tumor and should I worry?

What is a fatty tumor and should I worry?

No: Fatty tumor is called a lipoma. It can grow slowly and if it not painful it s not necessary to remove it. ...Read more

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What are the core symptoms of fatty tumor?

What are the core symptoms of fatty tumor?

Painless lump: A lipoma is the most common fatty tumor. The main symptoms are a painless lump that can appear almost anywhere in/on the body. Often there are no symptoms and the lump is found incidentally during a different test ordered for another reason. Lipomas, if they are symptomatic, can be removed surgically. ...Read more

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Can a fatty tumor rupture?

Can a fatty tumor rupture?

Lipoma: Fatty tumors, lipomas, can rupture with trauma to the actual lesion. They will often recur though. This is not a treatment. Liposuction has also been tried but the tumors often occur. ...Read more

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How to treat a fatty tumor?

How to treat a fatty tumor?

Observe or remove: One option is to observe it as they do not become cancerous. Surgical excision is the best way to remove them. Have had a few patients try liposuction without successful results, but may work for some. ...Read more