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I have a knot under my left arm started out the size of a quarter now its the size of a baseball could it be a fatty tumor and is that cancer?

I have a knot under my left arm started out the size of a quarter now its the size of a baseball could it be a fatty tumor and is that cancer?

Could be lipoma: Lipoma are not cancer, but depends on how fast it's growing. If it's within few days I would be concerned about infection. Of months to years a lipoma is likely, but it's not a bad idea to have your primary doc take a look ...Read more

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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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? .

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

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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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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 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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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

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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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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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What's a small fatty tumor on the lower back?

What's a small fatty tumor on the lower back?

Lipoma: Likely a lipoma - a benign fatty tumor. However, if you have rapid growth, skin changes or more symptoms of concern - get checked out to be safe. Some soft tissue cancer can start by looking innocent. ...Read more

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What is a fatty tumor on the bowel?

What is a fatty tumor on the bowel?

Benign Tumor: Lipomas (fatty tumors)can be found anywhere along the intestinal tract, typically bulging towards the intestinal lumen. Though often completely harmless, when large they can erode thru the inner lining of the intestine and cause bleeding. Furthermore, they may cause (small)bowel obstruction, as the intestine tries to propagate the tumor out (intususception). Rx is only required for complications. ...Read more

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How would fatty tumor in gut be removed?

How would fatty tumor in gut be removed?

GI lipomas: Are usually asymptomatic. Sometimes they can cause bleeding, at which time a surgical removal would be necessary. Consult a surgeon. ...Read more

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Can fatty tumor be removed that is close to adams apple?

Can fatty tumor be removed that is close to adams apple?

Yes: Fatty tumors of the head and neck should be removed. As they get bigger, they can cause significant problems and become more difficult to remove as they grow. These are called lipomas and can occur anywhere in the body. They are usually removed by a surgeon. Of note lipomas near the adam's apple are not that common. I would see an ENT to confirm that is your diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for getting rid of fatty tumor on ankles?

What is the procedure for getting rid of fatty tumor on ankles?

Lipoma: Surgical excision of the lipoma is the best option. You'll need to get the complete fatty tumor removed in totality which is why "lipo" is not recommended. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is the surgery they perform to remove a fatty tumor an outpatient or inpatient?

Is the surgery they perform to remove a fatty tumor an outpatient or inpatient?

??: If you are referring to removing a fatty tumor / lipoma under the skin, it is usually an outpatient surgery. ...Read more

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Is it ok to tattoo on/over a "fatty tumor"? I have 3 of them on my side and wanted to get a tattoo there. I am hoping it will be ok. Thanks

Is it ok to tattoo on/over a "fatty tumor"? I have 3 of them on my side and wanted to get a tattoo there. I am hoping it will be ok. Thanks

Think twice: I would think twice before doind this, since if the lipoma grows and you decide to have it cut out you will have a scar running through the tattoo. As the other physician stated, we are assuming the three growth are lipomas since there are three of them. Have you been told they are not cysts? ...Read more

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I have a fatty tumor on my back. I going for surgery tomorrow I changed. My mind because I'm scared they might find something else wrong.

I have a fatty tumor on my back. I going for surgery tomorrow I changed. My mind because I'm scared they might find something else wrong.

A woman's perogative: Change it back if possible and take care of this. I understand how afraid you may be, but it's even worse if they don't find something that could be easily corrected. Try not to let fear make you foolish. It's hard to breathe w/ yoyr head in the sand - and you can die w/out air! Take care, Best wishes! ...Read more

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I had a hernia repaired 2007, had repaired in 2010. In 2014, had fatty tumor removed from same area. Could tumor grow due to hernia surgeries?

I had a hernia repaired 2007, had repaired in 2010. In 2014, had fatty tumor removed from same area. Could tumor grow due to hernia surgeries?

No: There is no association between hernia repair and subsequent tumor formation. However, the presence of lipoma (benign fatty growth) along the spermatic cord is not uncommon. This can mimick an inguinal hernia. ...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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Was told I have a fatty tumor in stomach. Should it be removed?

Was told I have a fatty tumor in stomach. Should it be removed?

Depends: If the fatty tumor is a lipoma, it is benign but excision may be recommended for large tumors and/or with symptoms like obstruction, bleeding, pain, and if there is a concern for malignancy. Your management should be based on your doctor's recommendations given your exact clinical picture. ...Read more

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My fiance has what seems to be a fatty tumor on adams apple. He is 37. History of smoking. He has had it for 3 yrs. Cause for concern?

My fiance has what seems to be a fatty tumor on adams apple. He is 37. History of smoking. He has had it for 3 yrs. Cause for concern?

Needs exam: If it has been there for 3 years and has not grown, it is probably not a malignant process but nobody can tell for sure without a good physical exam and maybe some radiologic studies. Tell her to visit her primary doctor for an evaluation. If she still smokes, tell her to quit. Hope is all well. ...Read more

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Can a regular doctor remove a fatty tumor cyst or do I need to see a specialist?

Can a regular doctor remove a fatty tumor cyst or do I need to see a specialist?

It depends on...: ...The size and location of the lipoma (pronounced lie-poh-ma) and the comfort level of your primary care doctor. I suggest that you ask your primary--they will assess and decide the best course to take. ...Read more

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Two yr s/p double mastectomies have a odd growth come up on collar bone. Does not feel like a fatty tumor nor does it move or painful.

Two yr s/p double mastectomies have a odd growth come up on collar bone. Does not feel like a fatty tumor nor does it move or painful.

Concerning: Any new bump or lump needs evaluation, and may need biopsy.
Breast cancer is a curious disease and behavior is quite variable. ...Read more

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Sub mandibular Lymph node originally diagnosed as fatty tumor 6 yrs ago continues to grow. What are the chances this could be cancerous?

Sub mandibular Lymph node originally diagnosed as fatty tumor 6 yrs ago continues to grow. What are the chances this could be cancerous?

Which is it?: Submandibular is a common location for lymph nodes and salivary glands, not for lipomas. Since it is growing, you should have it examined and probably removed. Only a microscopic exam can define it so you will know what to do. ...Read more

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How do I know if a Supraclavicular mass is cancerous or fatty tumor or cyst or tb?

How do I know if a Supraclavicular mass is cancerous or fatty tumor or cyst or tb?

Evaluation: You need chest X ray CT or MRI scan lab work a physical exam and other lab test please do not delay be seen soon ...Read more

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I have a lump on my left rib with pain in my back and upper left side. The lump is not as hard as bone, but doesn't feel like a fatty tumor.

I have a lump on my left rib with pain in my back and upper left side. The lump is not as hard as bone, but doesn't feel like a fatty tumor.

Multiple causes: Hi,
Could be cartilage's growth, might be lymph nodes
I can better tell you on examination, if need be imaging might be necessary. Please make an appointment if concern persists ...Read more

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Having a 3.5 tumor removed on upper thigh. What type of tumor or fatty tumor can it be? Surgeon says most likely lipoma but the pain is unusual.

Ur Dr. Knows Best: If your surgeon thinks it is a lipoma, that's more-than-likely correct. Although often painless, angiolipomas (benign) can cause pain. Also, if the lipoma is under the fascia next to muscle, it may cause pain. I'm sure the surgery will go well and you'll know with 100% certainty what it is. Good luck! ...Read more