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Doctor insights on: Fatty Tissue Lumps Under Skin

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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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Hard lump under the skin on inner thigh, bikini line, doesn't hurt. Feels like fatty tissue, no redness, no head. Kind of scared.

Hard lump under the skin on inner thigh, bikini line, doesn't hurt. Feels like fatty tissue, no redness, no head. Kind of scared.

Hard or fatty?: A hard lump could be a small fibroma. A fatty lump would not be hard. This would be a lipoma. Both are usually benign but to be sure you need an exam. Get it checked out so you can stop worrying about it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Presacral ultrasound shows "thickening/edema of subcutaneous fatty tissue". PAINFUL and hard lump under the skin and can be felt. Surgical removal?

Presacral ultrasound shows "thickening/edema of subcutaneous fatty tissue". PAINFUL and hard lump under the skin and can be felt. Surgical removal?

U/S is non specific: You need diagnosis. More history. The U/S adds a little but not enough. MRI would also add info, but again may not be enough. MRI would be most sensitive in seeing borders and might give useful info for a surgeon, for ex. Vascularity. Only surgeons can decide on incisional bx. Vs. excision. Hacking around is cheapest, but for me (a radiologist) MRI is good to avoid surprises and safe to do. ...Read more

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I have a lump growing under the skin above my left ribs. It is soft (feels like fat tissue)- recently started hurting. Have had chronic cough x1 yr.

I have a lump growing under the skin above my left ribs. It is soft (feels like fat tissue)- recently started hurting. Have had chronic cough x1 yr.

Probable lipoma: The lump is probably a lipoma, which is a benign fat tumor. If you see a dermatologist, they can usually tell you whether it could be anything else and whether it it worth removing it. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my head. Gps advised it is nothing to worry about. Not painful. Getting larger and starting to protrude and is embarrassing. I also have other fat lumps on my body and it is affecting what I wear and my confidence. What can I do?

I have a lump on my head. Gps advised it is nothing to worry about. Not painful. Getting larger and starting to protrude and is embarrassing. I also have other fat lumps on my body and it is affecting what I wear and my confidence. What can I do?

Blocked gland: A sebaceous cyst is a collection of oily fluid that occurs when an oil gland is blocked. Some folks are more prone to them than other and they often appear on the neck, shoulders, and back. This MAY be the case w/you. Please get a second opinion or tell your doc that you want them removed. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have four subcutaneous lumps ons my lower back. They are red and not painful. They are small and. One seems to be deep on the skin ore body fat?

I have four subcutaneous lumps ons my lower back. They are red and not painful. They are small and. One seems to be deep on the skin ore body fat?

Subcutaneous Bumps: Without seeing the lesions it is very difficult to make a diagnosis. The lesions could be epidermoid cysts, lipomas which are fatty rumors, cystic acne lesions or even minor infections. ...Read more

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I have small lumps under the skin of my lower chest, they feel like little lumps of fat. I also have slightly puffy nipples which make it look worse?

I have small lumps under the skin of my lower chest, they feel like little lumps of fat. I also have slightly puffy nipples which make it look worse?

Gynecomastia?: Small smooth soft rubbery mobile lumps within the lower chest may be fat or breast tissue. Collections under the nipple and areola can cause puffy nipples, a mild form of gynecomastia. Gynecomastia usually begins at puberty, and often resolves in a few years. If persistent, surgical removal can help. Consult with a plastic surgeon in your area to learn more. ...Read more

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My belly is tad overweight but when I push down I feel "squishy like lumps" under skin is this belly fat or concerning? I've had ct's before and normal

My belly is tad overweight but when I push down I feel "squishy like lumps" under skin is this belly fat or concerning? I've had ct's before and normal

Probably ok but: It sounds like it may be benign fatty tumors. Although just to be safe may want to get checked out by your physician. ...Read more

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Iv had tests to see what a lump is in my chest just under the surface of the skin. The result said not to worry its just a fat patch. It's grown why?

Iv had tests to see what a lump is in my chest just under the surface of the skin. The result said not to worry its just a fat patch. It's grown why?

Lipoma: Lipomas are benign (non-cancerous) fatty tumors that appear under the skin. They are harmless and can sometimes be caused by blunt trauma. They can grow over time and many choose to have these lesions surgically removed (excision). In nearly all cases, removal is simple and can be performed in the office. Occasionally, these lesions can be tender, which prompts people for evaluation and removal. ...Read more

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I have what feels like a fatty lump that moves easily under my skin on the right side of my abdomen (just under rib cage). Lipoma? Fat deposit?

I have what feels like a fatty lump that moves easily under my skin on the right side of my abdomen (just under rib cage). Lipoma? Fat deposit?

Surely: Surely you know we can't answer your question without an examination. What you describe as a fatty lump may be something else entirely. Please see your GP for a definitive answer. ...Read more

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Have lump by lower left pelvic bone underneath skin and fat. Only hurts when put pressure on it. Big as a quarter. What can it be?

Have lump by lower left pelvic bone underneath skin and fat. Only hurts when put pressure on it. Big as a quarter. What can it be?

Needs evaluation: You may need an MRI or biopsy of the lesion. Please have it checked sooner than later. Incidently, when it comes to lumps it doesn't matter if it is painful or not. It needs to be checked out. ...Read more

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Hello, I feel a couple of small (2 mm) tender moving lump over central area of my sternum just under the skin: are those lymph nodes or fat? Thanks!

Hello, I feel a couple of small (2 mm) tender moving lump over central area of my sternum just under the skin: are those lymph nodes or fat? Thanks!

That's small: 2 mm is about half the size of the diameter of a headphone jack on a cell phone or laptop. Lymph nodes are not that small, and fat globules that small probably would feel like normal skin. A tiny 2mm lump in the skin covering the sternum might be a comedone, because comedones do occur in that area, and they would be about that size. Of course, it takes an exam to help decide what the tiny lump is. ...Read more

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Symptoms (1. Head tightness 2.Lump in throat felling 3. One nostril block when laying down) stared after I took oxyelitepro (fat burner) 2 months now?

Symptoms (1. Head tightness 2.Lump in throat felling 3. One nostril block when laying down) stared after I took oxyelitepro (fat burner) 2 months now?

Stop oxylite: Stop this supplement. #1it isn't effective or weight loss. #2 if you think it's causing these symptoms then they should go away when you stop. ...Read more

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Husband finding small lumps all over body right under skin. Not painful. Fatty deposits? All different sizes and shapes.

Possible: Lipomas, benign fatty tumors under the skin; however, must be examined to definitively diagnose. This condition often runs in families. ...Read more

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I have little lumps along the underside of my forearms. They are hard fatty bulges that have little wiggling room under the skin. What are they?

Lipoma: Hi, little fatty bumps that are mobile under the skin may be benign masses called lipomas. These are noncancerous fatty tumors that can be surgically removed. ...Read more

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Are the lumps in my legs fatty tumors or what? I have several lumps/bumps under the skin around my upper thigh area. One is near my panty line, it is about the size of the tip of my thumb and hard but does not hurt. It's been there probably 8 or 9 years

Fatty: Fatty tumors (or lipomas) are usually not hard. They are usually soft and squishy. If you have a hard mass along your lower panty line that could be a chronically inflammed inguinal lymph node. Can't determine what they are through this venu. Recommend that a family doctor or dermatologist examine you and determine what the lesions are. ...Read more

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I have an inflamed lump under my skin, but there is no drainage at all. Just hard un-movable tissue. What could this be?

Skin lump: Usually these are abscesses if it is tender, red, painful or can be a cyst if just hard with +/- tenderness. Abscesses are lanced, packed and treated with antibiotics. Cysts may be opened, or drained (ganglion cysts in areas of pressure)or removed. Follow up with doctor/urgent care. ...Read more

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I've had a lump under skin of my left hand for few weeks. It's firm but squishy. Doesn't hurt but hand sometimes hurts. Could it be a fatty deposit?

I've had a lump under skin of my left hand for few weeks. It's firm but squishy. Doesn't hurt but hand sometimes hurts. Could it be a fatty deposit?

Need to remove it: It could be any number of diagnoses, including a synovial (join-derived) cyst, a non-synovial (hair follicle) cyst, lipoma (a fatty growth, but rather uncommon on the hands), or even an abscess (a localized infection). I would remove this growth. A dermatologist/dermatologic surgeon or hand surgeon can do this procedure and once it is removed and biopsied you will know the diagnosis as well. ...Read more

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I have a soft tissue lump on the side of my head just above my left hear to the front. Not to Painfull unless I touch it. No red in Colour. Any ideas?

Below: Use warm moist packs, 3 times per day for 1 min each time.
DO NO touch the area.

If is does not improve, or worsens, then see you DR ...Read more

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Pea like lump under my skin on my forearm I can barely see it but I can feel it. It doesn't hurt and it rolls around when I rub it. It feels hard and I think it's attached to my skin tissue or something. Also I have been playing guitar (I am a starter) an

Pea like lump under my skin on my forearm I can barely see it but I can feel it. It doesn't hurt and it rolls around when I rub it. It feels hard and I think it's attached to my skin tissue or something. Also I have been playing guitar (I am a starter) an

See below: If this is in forearm near the wrist (either side of wrist), a ganglion cyst is favored. As with any 'firm lump' in the skin/subcutis, these are the possibilities: cysts (ganglion or inclusion), nodular fasciitis, neurofibroma, benign myxoid tumors, or other fibrous tumors such as DFSP. If it is a cyst, they generally do not require treatment; however, if infected, they need incision and drainage ...Read more

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2wks ago sudden sore lump under skin on calf. Skin is red also. Not as sore today. No visible bite mark, could it be soft tissue tumor?

2wks ago sudden sore lump under skin on calf. Skin is red also. Not as sore today. No visible bite mark, could it be soft tissue tumor?

Not tumor: Soft tissue sarcomas are more common in thigh region then just under skin in area of calf. The redness suggests inflammation and pain in the area not uncommon with inflammation such as secondary to some bite or phlebitis in vein just under skin of area. A sarcoma would not start denovo with associated pain that then regresses in short period of time. If clinical dx indeterminate then bx needed. ...Read more

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Hi, can abscess drainage leave hard lump under the skin something like a scar tissue. Abscess was pretty big and healed by granulation 10 yrs ago?

Hi, can abscess drainage leave hard lump under the skin something like a scar tissue. Abscess was pretty big and healed by granulation 10 yrs ago?

Yes: Abscesses that were drained a long time ago can leave scar (or fibrous) tissue in the place of the abscess or in the area where it was cut open. This is a normal occurrence, as long as it does not appear infected (not red, swollen, hot or draining). ...Read more

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Can it be removed and should I be advised to a orthopedic hand specialist? I recently (2 weeks ago) obtained a bad cut on the bottom part of my palm around the middle. It has formed a lump of what I believe to be scar tissue under the skin. This lump cau

Can it be removed and should I be advised to a orthopedic hand specialist? I recently (2 weeks ago) obtained a bad cut on the bottom part of my palm around the middle. It has formed a lump of what I believe to be scar tissue under the skin. This lump cau

Seeing: Seeing a hand specialist is a good idea.

As long as no tendons or nerves were cut and there's no active infection, the scar tissue may soften up and smooth out over time. This may take several months.

It may never need to be taken out and stop bothering you over time.

A hand surgeon will help you make sure nothing more serious is going on. ...Read more

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Do relaxers cause lumps in the head?

Not usually: Our bodies always have things that grow and change. Skin, fat, muscle, lymph nodes, bones, can change shape, get larger, more prominent due to many factors. The vast majority are not cancer but simply unusual growths like fatty tumors, cysts, skin tags, moles, etc. Most cause no symptoms and can be watched. If they cause symptoms or change colors, bleed, bruise or hurt, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have lumps on my head what can they be?

I have lumps on my head what can they be?

Lumps and bumps: You asked what could "lumps on my head" be? Unfortunately medicine is not straight forward and most doctor's do not have a crystal ball. Without knowing more or without being able to perform an examination, it has to be assumed these "lumps" are lethal, but probably benign. If really small, see a dermatologist. If average in size, see the internist. If large, see the surgeon. Or just see your dr. ...Read more

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What can cause little lumps in your head?

What can cause little lumps in your head?

Many possibilities: Some causes of “lumps” may include: bony overgrowths, soft tissue masses, ganglions, fibromas, cysts, and infection. Have it evaluated by a professional to get the right diagnosis. ...Read more