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Does prednisone cause lipomas and/or make the probability of getting them higher?

Does prednisone cause lipomas and/or make the probability of getting them higher?

I know of no: Evidence to suggest that Prednisone causes enlargement of or predisposition to formation of lipomata. Prednisone CAN cause weight gain, however, and make the lipomata seem larger. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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Benign Lipoma (Definition)

A clinical finding of benign ...Read more


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Does multiple skin lipoma mean colon polyps too?

Does multiple skin lipoma mean colon polyps too?

Not linked: No evidence that the two syndromes are linked in any way. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent and treat lipomas?

No way to prevent: The only way to get rid of lipomas is to surgically remove them. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats lipomas?

What type of doctor treats lipomas?

Your doctor will: Diagnose it properly. Then if need be, he will refer you to a surgeon to remove it. Lipomas are benign fatty growths, so they do not necessarily have to be removed. ...Read more

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Does lipomas need to be treated?

Does lipomas need to be treated?

No: Once confirmed as a benign lesion{biopsy or exam). If they become a mental worry for the patient, painful or cosmetically unpleasing they can allwaysw be locally excised. ...Read more

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All these greek and latin terms are confusing. In good old english, what is lipoma?

All these greek and latin terms are confusing. In good old english, what is lipoma?

Fatty tumor: Lipomas are benign (non-cancerous) fatty growths. They have been reported just about everywhere in the body, but are usually seen under the skin. They can be observed if they are small, but are commonly removed if they are enlarging, causing deformity, tender, etc. Generally, once removed, they do not return. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for multiple lipomas?

What is the most effective treatment for multiple lipomas?

Multiple excisions: The only way to treat them is to excise or surgically remove them. Most insurance companies don't reimburse for this procedure for cosmetic reasons (you don't like how it looks) so I only recommend it if it affects your occupation (impacts your function or movement) or clothing (it's irritated by belt or bra, etc). ...Read more

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How to cure multiple lipoma?

How to cure multiple lipoma?

Excision: They only option for removing my promises surgical excision.
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How do I get rid of lipomas cheaply?

How do I get rid of lipomas cheaply?

Not cheap, rather...: ...Inexpensive. Depending on the size and location of the lipoma, they may often be removed under local anesthesia in an office setting. Find a surgeon who performs these as above and you can avoid both the hospital or and anesthesia charges. ...Read more

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If I was to go to an urgent care center for arm pain with a lipoma what will they do because my arm gets weak n painful pretty much my whole arm.

If I was to go to an urgent care center for arm pain with a lipoma what will they do because my arm gets weak n painful pretty much my whole arm.

Different problems: Most lipomas are superficial in the skin and subcutaneous fat. They shouldn't cause arm weakness or numbness unless directly overlying a nerve. On the other hand, arm weakness or numbness can be symptoms of much more serious problems such as thoracic outlet syndrome, vascular insufficiency, or spinal cord pathology. You definitely need to see a dr for a complete history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Do lipomas ever get to be very large and hard?

Do lipomas ever get to be very large and hard?

Uncommon: Lipomas are prone to growing but they tend to grow very slowly. When a large mass is encountered that feels like a lipoma, a core biopsy is warranted before excision to be certain it is not a sarcoma. As far as the "hard" part, lipomas usually feel rubbery since they are made of fat; however, they can feel hard if they are located under the fascia that covers our muscles. ...Read more

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I have lipomas all around my body under my skin, should I worry?

I have lipomas all around my body under my skin, should I worry?

Lipomatosis: This sounds like lipomatosis, however there are a few other syndromes that can do this as well. Most commonly, this is a benign disorder, and causes merely a cosmetic disturbance. ...Read more

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Do lipomas under armpit have anything to do with maybe having a higher risk for breast cancer?

Do lipomas under armpit have anything to do with maybe having a higher risk for breast cancer?

Not to my knowledge: I am not aware of any condition of an increased incidence of breast cancer and axillary lipomas. ...Read more

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What are lipomas?

What are lipomas?

Lipoma's: These are tumors made up of fat cells that are densely packed together. They are benign. These can be annoying and may even be painful depending on where they are. If they bother you then see your physician for a referral to have them removed. ...Read more

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Lipomas are hard?

Lipomas are hard?

Yes, lipomas: Can be hard and sometimes even painful. Depending on location and size, your soft tissue mass could be something else, something more worrisome. It is best to show it to your doctor. ...Read more

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Do lipomas go away?

No: They can be removed if they are bothersome. ...Read more

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Do lipomas come and go?

Do lipomas come and go?

NO: They do not 'come and go', lipoma is a slow growing, benign tumor of fat tissue, once develop will not disappear, unless removed, rarely they can turn to malignant liposarcoma. ...Read more

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Why and how lipomas form?

Why and how lipomas form?

Benign bumps: Lipomas are soft, mobile, fatty tumors that push their neighbors aside rather than invading like a cancer. They can be solitary or multiple and can occur anywhere on the bey from scalp to feet. Multiple lipomas are frequently passed on genetically. Small lipomas are ignored, larger ones can be excised. Rapidly enlarging, painful and firm, fixed lumps should be checked out sooner than later. ...Read more

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What to do for lipoma pain?

What to do for lipoma pain?

Surgical removal: As the lipoma swells it causes more pain. The nerves that supply that area will become more inflammed and continue to cause more pain. Unfortunately you can try other methods like nonsteroidals but not much success. If you can have surgery this may relieve the pain. ...Read more

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How to cure multiple lipoma?

Excision: They only option for removing my promises surgical excision.
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How large can a lipoma grow?

How large can a lipoma grow?

Larger than you want: First make sure your doc agrees its a lipoma. Other things benign or cancerous may be confused with lipoma. While lipomas are very rarely cancerous, any lipoma bigger than 3 inches should be removed completely especially ones that are on the arms or legs. ...Read more

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Are lipomas hard and painful?

Lipomas: Usually are benign growth and non painful. ...Read more

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What does a lipoma feel like?

Gummy bear: A lipoma feels like a soft gummy bear under the skin. They are usually encapsulated. Some patients describe pain as the tumor grows. ...Read more

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What does a lipoma feel like?

What does a lipoma feel like?

Soft lump: This typically feels like a soft lump under the skin. Sometimes tender. Only treatment is surgical removal, usually sone by a general surgeon woth local anesthesia while you're awake. You should have it checked out by your primary care doctor to be sure. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Why do people develop lipomas?

It's unknown.: Lipomas are extremely common, benign fatty tumors that typically appear on the truck, arms and or thighs. They are typically slow growing, soft lumps just under the skin that appear in middle age. The cause is not really known, although there may be a familial predisposition. The only way to get rid of one is by surgery, but often they are just left alone. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about lipomas?

Can you tell me about lipomas?

Fatty tumor: A lipoma is composed of fatty tissue and is a common soft tissue benign tumor. Lipomas are generally found underneath the skin in the fatty layer, are soft to the touch, usually movable, and are generally painless. They can be removed surgically as an outpatient, many times under a local anesthetic (depending on location). You may read of new procedures, their long term success are unproved. ...Read more

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Has anyone had a lipoma popped?

Has anyone had a lipoma popped?

More info, please: I would like to answer your question, but I am uncertain what you mean by "popped". Lipomas are benign tumors usually found just below the skin, anywhere on the body. In general, these are removed if they cause discomfort or are growing. Surgical removal can often be done under local anesthesia in an office setting. It is often easy to make a scar smaller than the lump, and "pop" it out. ...Read more

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Does lipomas need to be treated?

No: Once confirmed as a benign lesion{biopsy or exam). If they become a mental worry for the patient, painful or cosmetically unpleasing they can allwaysw be locally excised. ...Read more

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Are lipomas usually hard or soft?

Variable: Usually rubbery firm, some are softer, mobile and superficial near the skin surface. But some can be deep. Smaller ones may be more firm. Needs a physical exam with a doctor to tell. ...Read more