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Doctor insights on: Fatty Tumor On Rib Cage

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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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Will a benign fatty tumor compounded by scoliosis near left rib cage show up on a chest ct scan? feels like when I turn it wants to lock up on me.

Will a benign fatty tumor compounded by scoliosis near left rib cage show up on a chest ct scan? feels like when I turn it wants to lock up on me.

Possibly : Ct scan could potentially show a lipoma, but it does not show soft tissues in the spine real well. A better test that readily demonstrates soft tissue structures is an MRI. ...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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I have a lipoma on my left lower rib cage and i'm in pain?

I have a lipoma on my left lower rib cage and i'm in pain?

If in pain...: Lipomas do not hurt unless they are in position to be irritated, or transmit pressure to a sensitive area, such as rib. If you are symptomatic, then you have one option. Surgical resection of this benign fatty tumor! ...Read more

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I have a lipoma rumor on my left rib cage it hurts more at night?

I have a lipoma rumor on my left rib cage it hurts more at night?

Lipomas: Can be painful and tender sometimes. If symptoms appear, or it enlarges to more than 10 cm, you should have removal. And how do you know for sure it is a lipoma? It could be something else, any benign tumor can mimic lipoma. ...Read more

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Would a lipoma on the rib cage in my back show up on a MRI of the spine?

Would a lipoma on the rib cage in my back show up on a MRI of the spine?

Might not: Lipomas are made of the same fat tissues as that of normal surrounding fat and therefore may not be differentiated from the surrounding tissues on MRI exam. ...Read more

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Can a lipoma in your back cause pain that also feels like a fullness in your abdomen on the left under rib cage

Can a lipoma in your back cause pain that also feels like a fullness in your abdomen on the left under rib cage

Unlikely: Lipoma's are usually subcutaneous or in some cases intramuscular. However it would be very unlikely that an isolated lipoma on your back would be causing you these other symptoms. It's best to check it out with your primary. ...Read more

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I have a lipoma in my back on top of rib cage (u/s done) could that have anything to do with the swelling I have in the rib/flank area now?

I have a lipoma in my back on top of rib cage (u/s done) could that have anything to do with the swelling I have in the rib/flank area now?

Lipmoa: Lipoma is a benign fatty lump that occurs under the skin & does not become cancerous. Is the swelling you feel at the same site as the lipoma? A lipoma can feel raised or lumpy and could cause a swelling feeling at the same site as the lipoma itself. ...Read more

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What is the appropriate test for a lipoma on the back to see if it's within the rib cage and if it is what is treatment if it's causing pain?

Ultrasound perhaps.: A lipoma is a benign fatty tumor that can occur anywhere on the body. They very rarely cause any pain or physical problem, and are removed primarily for definitive diagnosis or cosmetic concerns. A tumor "within the rib cage" may be imaged with ultrasound initially, then ct or MRI later is the physician determines necessity. ...Read more

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Lipoma on my left back rib cage been there awhile now doctor feels a ridge with a lump under that. I have pain there and wraps to front what's wrong?

Let me advice you: When ever you have the pain wrap around the rib cage? This means to me there a pressure on the nerve between the ribs (above and below). This not common in lipoma. I would suggest to have check with thoracic surgeon to be sure nothing bad. Good luck. ...Read more