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

May not be related: Fatty tumors are very common. May folks seek attention for them due to pain. However, the pain is usually not from the lump of fat. There are some other tumor types (neuromas, etc) that will hurt. But these are much less likely. It is usually that there is pain in the area that makes one feel around and find the unrelated lipoma. Lipoma can be removed but likely the pain will persist. ...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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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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I have a lump on my rib cage. It's a rubbery ball that moves with the skin. I know it could be a cyst or lipoma but what are the chances of cancer?

I have a lump on my rib cage. It's  a rubbery  ball that moves with the skin.  I know it could be a cyst or lipoma but what are the chances of cancer?

See your doc: You are right, a cyst or a lipoma would be the more common than a malignant tumor. You should tell your friendly primary care physician about this new mass. ...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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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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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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Lipoma or cancer? Soft round lump on lower rib cage. Three ribs up from the bottom left. Movable, rubbery, on top of ribs, no pain, no color change.??

Lipoma or cancer? Soft round lump on lower rib cage. Three ribs up from the bottom left. Movable, rubbery, on top of ribs, no pain, no color change.??

Benign: This sounds like a benign growth if it's quite moveable and has not changed in size or appearance over a long period of observation. However it's best to have your physician examine this lump to be certain. He/she will let you know if a followup exam in the future is advisable. ...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

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