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Are Lipomas Hard Or Soft
Uncommon: Lipomas are prone to growing but they tend to grow very slowly. When a large mass is encountered that feels like a lipoma, a core biopsy is warranted before excision to be certain it is not a sarcoma. As far as the "hard" part, lipomas usually feel rubbery since they are made of fat; however, they can feel hard if they are located under the fascia that covers our muscles. ...Read more
I have been told I have a lipoma on my back rib at the time was soft since then has gotten bigger, painful and hard is this due to being on top of rib?
Hello. I have a lump on my back. I was told its lipoma but its hard at the bottom and gets softer toword the top. What could this be?
Have to see it!: This is the kind of thing that a doctor needs to see. If you are not convinced your doctor is correct, see her/him again or see another doctor. ...Read more
I have several, about 20 small cysts over each ribcage. They are hard, and painless. I've lost 100 pounds, and they have stayed is this lipoma's?
Sounds like: Sebaceous cysts or lipomas, nothing life-threatening. But show it to your doctor to be sure. ...Read more
No: A lipoma is composed of fatty tissue and is a common soft tissue benign tumor. Lipomas are generally found underneath the skin in the fatty layer, are soft to the touch, usually movable, and are generally painless. They can be removed surgically as an outpatient, many times under a local anesthetic (depending on location). You may read of new procedures, their long term success are unproved. ...Read more
Could be: Could be, see your physician to rule out a malignant growth. ...Read more
No: A lipoma is composed of fatty tissue and is a common soft tissue benign tumor. Lipomas are generally found underneath the skin in the fatty layer, are soft to the touch, usually movable, and are generally painless. However if bulky or uncomfortable, they can be removed surgically as an outpatient, many times under a local anesthetic (depending on location). ...Read more
Yes, lipomas: Can be painful and tender. But I would consider other things other than simple lipoma as a cause of the lump, especially if it is large or deep. Show it to your doctor for specific advice. ...Read more
Lipoma on knee, several small ones in one area, hard, hurts, growing, there for over a month, what types could this be?
Maybe cysts: Small lumps under the skin can represent lipomas or cysts. Neither are dangerous, but can be bothersome. There are no subtypes of lipoma, which is a benign fatty tumor. Hope this helps! ...Read more
I was told 6 months ago I had a lipoma and recently by another doctor it is not. What else would this large firm fixed mass be?
Lipoma on knee, under skin, started with a small one, now several small ones, closely joined, hard, hurts, & moves wen knee is straighten and relaxed?
If these soft: Tissue masses are FOR SURE lipomata, and not something more ominous, they are innocuous. If they are painful or otherwise symptomatic, they should be removed in any case. Consult with a surgeon. ...Read more
I had two surgeries 2 years ago on a lipoma on my back - there is still a large, hard, painful lump. How can I tell if it is a scar or lipoma?
Get evaluated: Go to your doctor for evaluation. If you have discomfort you may need re work. ...Read more
Have 2 hard marble size lumps by my rt rib and gut. Dr said lipoma but I thought they were only soft. They haven't changed in 10 months. Thoughts?
Lipomas: Are they fixed or movable? If they haven't changed in 10 months, your doctor is probably correct ...Read more
Lump gotten larger in forearm near ulnar node area. Cant tell if hard/soft. Doesn't move and since bigger, can see w/o feeling area. Node or lipoma?
Need to be examined: It sounds like you need to be examined with or without an ultrasound to be able to appropriately determine the etiology of this lesion and whether or not it's in lymph node or the soft tissue mass like a lipoma ...Read more
I have a lipoma on my Bursa. I am awakened by pain in my shoulder and have discovered a hard lump above the lipoma. Can the lipoma lead to a cyst?
Not likely: But, the lipoma can grow and cause more symptoms. It's possible it may break out of its first pocket and feel like a different lump. If lipomas grow or cause symptoms like pain etc., then they should be removed. ...Read more
Are subcutaneous neurofibromas always firm? I have 4 small bumps on the inside of my elbow but they're soft and I can press on them. Lipomas maybe?
Maybe: Seems you have diagnosed yourself. See how they go and if changes see your doctor ...Read more
Firm lump on shoulder blade that does not move. Been there for about two yrs, recently growing and increased discomfort. Fairly certain not a lipoma.
Get evaluated: Any lump increasing in size or associated with discomfort warrants evaluation, particularly if present for fairly lengthy duration. I would not venture to guess what it may or may not be without an exam. ...Read more
I have a medium size growing painful soft tissue tumor on the out side of my left thigh. It appears to be deep set in my thigh unlike a lipoma. What is it? It is firm to the touch.
SOFT TISSUE TUMOR?:
I CANNOT SEE IT OR FEEL IT.
IT SOUNDS LIKE A CYST.
SEE YOUR DOCTOR. . . SOON ...Read more
Can 3 hard pea lumps just be lipomas? Doctor said not to worry but he really didn't do much to check. Does it need to be biopsy
Get a second opinion: You're not satisfied. Pea-sized hard lumps are often really dermatofibromas. Most physicians can spot cancers of the skin easily enough though naming the benign lesions is more of a challenge. If you're at all concerned, get with a dermatologist. ...Read more
I have a medium sized ball in the back of my arm. It's located in my arm fat, its hard. Could it be lipoma, a cyst, or a tumor? .
Any of the above: One needs to examine and even biopsy the area to get you the answer. In fact, you have already narrowed down the potential diagnosis yourself. ...Read more
Had lipoma removed from front rib. Now a hard lump is in it's place. I am now 5 days post surgery and still there. Normal part of healing?
Hi, I have a lump in my sternal notch that is pretty firm. Ultrasound says "may" be a lipoma, watch for interval growth. Its bigger. Thoughts?
Lipoma are usually soft specially in this location
It is hard for me to say it is not without feeling it or seeing it.
I am depending on the location and description.
there is higher possibility that it is part of the sternum than it is a lipoma.
any way if it is too visible or causing you a problem you can ask to have it removed. ...Read more
I have a couple of hard, nodular lumps in upper abdomen 3 years painful if pressed pain is sharp and goes through to back. Is it a lipoma?
Need 2 Be Seen: Lipomas are the most common cause of lumps under the skin (in the subq space), however they rarely cause shooting pain on palpation as you describe. I suggest that you make an appointment with your primary care doctor to help sort this out. ...Read more
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