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Fatty Tumor On Arm
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?
"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
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
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
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
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
Will u please tell me what to do when I have sharp pains on fatty tumor (right now I have pain :'- (the pain is lower left rib cage?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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.
Any new bump or lump needs evaluation, and may need biopsy.
Breast cancer is a curious disease and behavior is quite variable. ...Read more
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
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.
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