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I have a lipoma and had thyroid cancer. My seven year old has two lipomas. Are they truly benign or can this be a sign of an underlying disorder?

I have a lipoma and had thyroid cancer. My seven year old has two lipomas. Are they truly benign or can this  be a sign of an underlying  disorder?

No relation: Lipomas are benign growths developing in adipose tissue. They are not related to any malignancies but can on their own, progress to develop malignant transformation. If lipoma begins to grow rapidly and noted to become firm in consistency rather than softi , then bx is indicated. The majority of lipomas do not convert and have not been reported to be involved in any tumor syndrome ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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What are some causes of getting lipomas, a ganglion and now a goiter on my thyroid?

What are some causes of getting lipomas, a ganglion and now a goiter on my thyroid?

Not realted: You have three relatively common conditions. They are not related to each other. ...Read more

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How to treat a hard spine/neck lipoma?

How to treat a hard spine/neck lipoma?

Lipoma: Pain is the main consideration. If painful or with skin retraction/color change, should be excised. If not, observe it. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of lipomas behind the neck?

How can I get rid of lipomas behind the neck?

Surgery: Lipomas are abnormal fat tissue. Etiology is unknown. Once they form they typically require surgery to remove. ...Read more

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I have moveable small painless softish lumps on the left side of my neck. Had them for over a year. Are they lipomas?

I have moveable small painless softish lumps on the left side of my neck. Had them for over a year. Are they lipomas?

Lipomas,lymph nodes: A lipoma will feel free floating in the skin. You will not feel a boarder to it. A lymph node will have better definition to it. It also will feel deeper. Lymph nodes enlarge with a history of infection among other things. Have it checked out by your primary doctor. He/she will examine you and may do blood work looking at your white cells. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Raised red sores on neck, is this a lipoma?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Small tumor in my back side neck. I doubt lipoma .. How to remove this ?neck movement fproblem, sensation problem , little pain..

Small tumor in my back side neck. I doubt lipoma .. How to remove this ?neck movement fproblem, sensation problem , little pain..

Need to show your do: If you can show it to your doctor, he/she can advise you for the need for biopsy if indicated. You can go to your family doctor or an ENT surgeon and seek their advice for further management or monitoring. ...Read more

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Can a lipoma swell up and down often without any pain?Its on top of the bone at top of spine/base of neck and coz of it position it gets aggravated.

Can a lipoma swell up and down often without any pain?Its on top of the bone at top of spine/base of neck and coz of it position it gets aggravated.

Same size: A lipoma shouldn't fluctuate in size unless there is associated intermittent bleeding or fluid collection within it that comes and goes. Cysts and abscesses which are not solid growths, may fluctuate in size. ...Read more

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Could lipoma cause my neck to be bigger than other side. or my right tonsil to be swollen been like that 10 years. dr said it wont hurt me. will it?

Could lipoma cause my neck to be bigger than other side.  or my right tonsil to be swollen been like that 10 years. dr said it wont hurt me. will it?

Lipomas can range in: size and if large enough yes they could make your neck look larger. Tonsils inside your throat if big enough to change size of neck I would think you would have trouble swallowing. ...Read more

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2 docs have said i def have a lipoma exactly top of spine/base neck. Still worried I have cancer.Are they easy to diagnose by touch + by its position?

2 docs have said i def have a lipoma exactly top of spine/base neck. Still worried I have cancer.Are they easy to diagnose by touch + by its position?

Usually: Lipomas have a characteristic soft and somewhat mobile feel on exam. They don't change much over time. Cancer doing this would be unusual and your doctors are likely correct in their conclusion. Ultrasound of lipomas can show a rounded fatty area or nothing (with the lipoma blending into the surrounding fat). Sometimes ultrasound is done when patients feel they need further evidence of noncancer. ...Read more

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I've a lipoma at top of spine/base of neck on top of where bone sticks out.Two doctors have said it is a lipoma but it keeps swelling.Is this normal?

I've a lipoma at top of spine/base of neck on top of where bone sticks out.Two doctors have said it is a lipoma but it keeps swelling.Is this normal?

A lipoma: A lipoma is a benign medical condition. There is no need for a treatment. However, if the lipoma concerns you, is painful, infected or is growing, you may want to have it removed and biopsied. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between a lipoma, infected lymph node, and cyst? I have a bump on my neck (left back side) and doc says its one of those 3.

Whats the difference between a lipoma, infected lymph node, and cyst? I have a bump on my neck (left back side) and doc says its one of those 3.

Can be hard to tell: inflamed lumps like you mentioned can be difficult to tell apart clinically. A lymph node that is swollen is usually deeper in the tissue and the surface skin looks normal. A lipoma is usually not inflamed and is soft to touch and often slides around when pushed or manipulated. A cyst is fro a hair follicle and when they rupture are often inflamed and tender. A biopsy may be needed to find out ...Read more

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I have lipoma benign on neck side . It causes movement , dizziness , fainting .. Does it block blood circulation of vessel of neck side ?

I have lipoma benign on neck side . It causes movement , dizziness , fainting .. Does it block blood circulation of vessel of neck side ?

Probably not: While lipomas can be deep, and are sometimes intertwined with muscle fibers, they earle if ever go deep enough to block blood vessels, especially in the neck. It is also unlikely to be the source of your dizziness and fainting. See a general surgeon for a consultation tonfindnout for sure. Also see your primary care provider to see if any tests are needed to sort out your fainting (syncope). ...Read more

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Small squishy moveable pea size lump in the front of the neck/throat area. I have a lipoma on my neck/shoulder. Could this be another one??

Small squishy moveable pea size lump in the front of the neck/throat area. I have a lipoma on my neck/shoulder. Could this be another one??

Perhaps: Lipomas are usually firm and lumpy, something like a jellybean under the skin, would not call squishy. so I'm not sure what it is. Safest thing is to have a doctor look at it, but low risk of anything serious. You could also just watch it and make sure it doesn't change or enlarge, and see the doctor if anything changes. Probably safe to do this, but changes = doctor. ...Read more

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I have a hard, movable lump on my trapezius muscle at the base of my neck. Doctor 1 said lipoma, 2 said lymph node, neither did more than feel it.

I have a hard, movable lump on my trapezius muscle at the base of my neck. Doctor 1 said lipoma, 2 said lymph node, neither did more than feel it.

Neck lump: A palpable mass under the skin or muscle of the neck or anywhere on the body could represent a myriad of possible lesions. Lipomas (benign fatty tumors) or lymph nodes represent two of these possibilities. Diagnosis with certainty can only be made with excisional biopsy (removing lump). See a general surgeon for an opinion and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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Vertigo, painful lipoma (calf), burning nerve sensation (off/on) leg, numbness in face around eye (left). Rash behind ear down neck.

Vertigo, painful lipoma (calf), burning nerve sensation (off/on) leg, numbness in face around eye (left).  Rash behind ear down neck.

You are uncomforable: Not all of your symptoms will fit into one neat diagnosis. I'd start with a good neurology exam which can address vertigo, burning leg sensation, numbness of the face. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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Benign Lipoma (Definition)

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