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Dr. Mark Pack
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Benign Lipoma (Overview)

A clinical finding of benign growths of fat tissue.


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Can a benign lipoma on the shoulder that has been growing and became painful turn into cancerous?

Can a benign lipoma on the shoulder that has been growing and became painful turn into cancerous?

Unlikely but it shou: Lipomas are benign and often remain stable in size. Anything that is growing in size should be removed, just to be certain that it does not contain Cancer deep inside of this apparently benign lesion. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
936 Doctors shared insights

Benign Lipoma (Overview)

A clinical finding of benign growths of fat tissue.


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I keep getting what I believe (through e-research) to be benign lipomas in different sizes on my scalp. What is causing them?

I keep getting what I believe (through e-research) to be benign lipomas in different sizes on my scalp. What is causing them?

Several possiblities: Lumps on the scalp could be lipoma, cyst, fibroma. Best to check in with your regular doc for exam. Most are benign. Be well. ...Read more

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After 1st child suffered bad migraines, found benign brain lipoma on MRI. Dr said I should have c-section for 2nd child to avoid pressure, is that true?

After 1st child suffered bad migraines, found benign brain lipoma on MRI. Dr said I should have c-section for 2nd child to avoid pressure, is that true?

Can't advise: We really can't advise you about something like that on HealthTap. If that is what your neurologist said, I would follow his/her advise or you can always get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Am a breast cancer surv, now l/ quadrant ab sono: 'numerous benign appearing lipoma'.They are fast growing bothersome - 5mths. Should I ask for biopsy?

Am a breast cancer surv, now l/ quadrant ab sono: 'numerous benign appearing lipoma'.They are fast growing bothersome - 5mths. Should I ask for biopsy?

Possibly: Lipomas can grow larger, can cause pain. If they are doing either or both, see a surgeon for possible removal. ...Read more

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I have lipoma benign on neck side. It causes movement, dizziness, fainting. Does it block blood circulation of vessel of neck side?

I have lipoma benign on neck side. It causes movement, dizziness, fainting. Does it block blood circulation of vessel of neck side?

Probably not: While lipomas can be deep, and are sometimes intertwined with muscle fibers, they earle if ever go deep enough to block blood vessels, especially in the neck. It is also unlikely to be the source of your dizziness and fainting. See a general surgeon for a consultation tonfindnout for sure. Also see your primary care provider to see if any tests are needed to sort out your fainting (syncope). ...Read more

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Mammo:ill marginated focal assymetry, sono:two lipomas or intramamary lymphs, mri:looks benign but birads 4, and recommends biopsy. I'm confused/scared!

Mammo:ill marginated focal assymetry, sono:two lipomas or intramamary lymphs, mri:looks benign but birads 4, and recommends biopsy. I'm confused/scared!

Seek expert opinion: I would advise that you consult a breast cancer surgeon or medical oncologist who has reputation of being a specialist in breast diseases/cancer. Based on your history, you may need to have a biopsy of the lumps/masses/ shadows that you have mentioned. That is the final solution to any palpable/visible lump in the breast. This will remove your anxiety which is due to the uncertainty you are facin. ...Read more

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I have a lipoma and had thyroid cancer. My seven year old has two lipomas. Are they truly benign or can this be a sign of an underlying disorder?

I have a lipoma and had thyroid cancer. My seven year old has two lipomas. Are they truly benign or can this be a sign of an underlying disorder?

No relation: Lipomas are benign growths developing in adipose tissue. They are not related to any malignancies but can on their own, progress to develop malignant transformation. If lipoma begins to grow rapidly and noted to become firm in consistency rather than softi, then bx is indicated. The majority of lipomas do not convert and have not been reported to be involved in any tumor syndrome ...Read more

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Firm painless 2-3 cm lump inner thigh under muscle 6 months. MRI x 3 not lipoma or desmoid. Avid enhancement - no diagnosis. Size fluctuates - benign?

Firm painless 2-3 cm lump inner thigh under muscle 6 months. MRI x 3 not lipoma or desmoid. Avid enhancement - no diagnosis. Size fluctuates - benign?

When in doubt: Excision biopsy, it is in safe accessible location, it is a simple ambulatory procedure, will rule out more serious sarcomas, do not have to go for more MRI s etc ...Read more

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Hyperechoic mass (lipoma) in left kidney is observed. What preventive measures are needed?? Is it a type of benign tumour?? Can it metastatize??

Hyperechoic mass (lipoma) in left kidney is observed. What preventive measures are needed?? Is it a type of benign tumour?? Can it metastatize??

Kidney tumor: Usually this is called angiomyolipoma, which is a benign tumor. It does not metastasize. There is no treatment necessary if small. If they are very large, may require treatment due to propensity to bleed. The ultrasound appearance is suggestive, not diagnostic. CT or MRI can confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are lipomas?

What are lipomas?

Lipoma's: These are tumors made up of fat cells that are densely packed together. They are benign. These can be annoying and may even be painful depending on where they are. If they bother you then see your physician for a referral to have them removed. ...Read more

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Lipomas are hard?

Lipomas are hard?

Yes, lipomas: Can be hard and sometimes even painful. Depending on location and size, your soft tissue mass could be something else, something more worrisome. It is best to show it to your doctor. ...Read more

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Do lipomas go away?

No: They can be removed if they are bothersome. ...Read more

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Do lipomas come and go?

Do lipomas come and go?

NO: They do not 'come and go', lipoma is a slow growing, benign tumor of fat tissue, once develop will not disappear, unless removed, rarely they can turn to malignant liposarcoma. ...Read more

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Why and how lipomas form?

Why and how lipomas form?

Benign bumps: Lipomas are soft, mobile, fatty tumors that push their neighbors aside rather than invading like a cancer. They can be solitary or multiple and can occur anywhere on the bey from scalp to feet. Multiple lipomas are frequently passed on genetically. Small lipomas are ignored, larger ones can be excised. Rapidly enlarging, painful and firm, fixed lumps should be checked out sooner than later. ...Read more

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What to do for lipoma pain?

What to do for lipoma pain?

Surgical removal: As the lipoma swells it causes more pain. The nerves that supply that area will become more inflammed and continue to cause more pain. Unfortunately you can try other methods like nonsteroidals but not much success. If you can have surgery this may relieve the pain. ...Read more

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How to cure multiple lipoma?

How to cure multiple lipoma?

Excision: They only option for removing my promises surgical excision.
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How large can a lipoma grow?

How large can a lipoma grow?

Larger than you want: First make sure your doc agrees its a lipoma. Other things benign or cancerous may be confused with lipoma. While lipomas are very rarely cancerous, any lipoma bigger than 3 inches should be removed completely especially ones that are on the arms or legs. ...Read more

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Are lipomas hard and painful?

Lipomas: Usually are benign growth and non painful. ...Read more

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What does a lipoma feel like?

Gummy bear: A lipoma feels like a soft gummy bear under the skin. They are usually encapsulated. Some patients describe pain as the tumor grows. ...Read more

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What does a lipoma feel like?

What does a lipoma feel like?

Soft lump: This typically feels like a soft lump under the skin. Sometimes tender. Only treatment is surgical removal, usually sone by a general surgeon woth local anesthesia while you're awake. You should have it checked out by your primary care doctor to be sure. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Why do people develop lipomas?

Why do people develop lipomas?

It's unknown.: Lipomas are extremely common, benign fatty tumors that typically appear on the truck, arms and or thighs. They are typically slow growing, soft lumps just under the skin that appear in middle age. The cause is not really known, although there may be a familial predisposition. The only way to get rid of one is by surgery, but often they are just left alone. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about lipomas?

Can you tell me about lipomas?

Fatty tumor: 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

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Has anyone had a lipoma popped?

Has anyone had a lipoma popped?

More info, please: I would like to answer your question, but I am uncertain what you mean by "popped". Lipomas are benign tumors usually found just below the skin, anywhere on the body. In general, these are removed if they cause discomfort or are growing. Surgical removal can often be done under local anesthesia in an office setting. It is often easy to make a scar smaller than the lump, and "pop" it out. ...Read more

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Does lipomas need to be treated?

Does lipomas need to be treated?

No: Once confirmed as a benign lesion{biopsy or exam). If they become a mental worry for the patient, painful or cosmetically unpleasing they can allwaysw be locally excised. ...Read more

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Are lipomas usually hard or soft?

Variable: Usually rubbery firm, some are softer, mobile and superficial near the skin surface. But some can be deep. Smaller ones may be more firm. Needs a physical exam with a doctor to tell. ...Read more

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Can lipomas go away on their own?

Can lipomas go away on their own?

No: But all of them do not need to be removed. If they are increasing rapidly or uncomfortable then have it removed. And make sure a provider that removes lipomas looks at it and agrees with that diagnosis. ...Read more