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I have a lump on my collar bone and was told it's lipoma, should I get a biopsy?

I have a lump on my collar bone and was told it's lipoma, should I get a biopsy?

It depends: A lipoma, a benign fatty tumor, has a characteristic feel. It is squishy, rubbery, and moves easily under the skin. A doctor diagnoses a lipoma by feel, location, and absence of other symptoms. If the lipoma doesn't grow and isn't causing symptoms, most doctors leave them alone. If a lipoma grows or becomes painful, an ultrasound or biopsy might be needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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2 lymph nodes above collar bone. Had an US doc said they are reactive and max 9mm. Should I still push for biopsy? I don't have any symptoms of infec.

2 lymph nodes above collar bone. Had an US doc said they are reactive and max 9mm. Should I still push for biopsy? I don't have any symptoms of infec.

Listen to doc: What would be gained by pushing for biopsy? You may watch and wait. You may feel the nodes every couple of weeks, if the lymph glands double in size, become painful, ulcerate, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, you should consult your doctor again, as it would be time for biopsy then. Wish you good health! For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I have a lump on the right side of my neck above my collar bone. I've had it for many years no changes. Doc said not to worry but I do. Biopsy?

I have a lump on the right side of my neck above my collar bone. I've had it for many years no changes. Doc said not to worry but I do. Biopsy?

If you are still: worried after your doctor told you not to worry, then get a second opinion. An ENT or head & neck surgeon would be able to evaluate your condition. ...Read more

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Swalling right upper collar bone?

Swalling right upper collar bone?

More info: Where, painfull, moveable, actually attached 2 bone, how long has it been there, has it ever been x-rayed or been eval by ortho? Give us a little more info & may b able 2 answer. It's more of a statement with a ? After it. ...Read more

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How do you break your collar bone?

How do you break your collar bone?

Forward fall: A very common way to fracture the collar bone is to fall forward with your hands out in front bracing for the fall. ...Read more

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What is the enlarged bone under collar bone?

What is the enlarged bone under collar bone?

Coracoid: You may be feeling a bony hook on the front of the scapula (shoulder blade bone) that is known as the coracoid. ...Read more

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Could you break your collar bone without knowing it?

No: Would be extremely unusual to suffer a broken collarbone (clavicle) wiithout an injury and without knowing that you did so. Not impossible but rare. Some possibilities could include a bone lesion that has weakened the bone to the point that it breaks with no injury. However, you would likely realize that you broke it as it should be painful. ...Read more

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What are possible reasons that my collar bone hurts randomly?

See a physician: If this has been going on for some time you should definitely see a physician. Your pain could be anything from chest pathology (i.e. The lungs) to something involving the clavicle bone itself to nerve associated pain. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Dr. Mark Pack
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Benign Lipoma (Definition)

A clinical finding of benign ...Read more