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I have 6 rubbery, immobile lipomas that feel attached to left upper ab wall. Sizes range from pea to grape. Can it be liposarcomas? DX w gastritis too

I have 6 rubbery, immobile lipomas that feel attached to left upper ab wall. Sizes range from pea to grape. Can it be liposarcomas? DX w gastritis too

Unlikely: Sarcomas are very rare tumors, and usually don't present like this. If you're worried, you could request that one be removed to make sure, or that all are removed. Multiple small lipomas can continue to form. They have nothing to do with gastritis. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Benign Lipoma (Definition)

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Can a liposarcoma show up in MRI? Can it be differenciated from a lipoma in a MRI?

Can a liposarcoma show up in MRI? Can it be differenciated from a lipoma in a MRI?

Yes: Yes
...and, yes

Without going into great detail, history, physical exam, and MRI studies should be 95% accurate.

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I have lipomas on left side of body. One big one in left calf. And one in left rib area. Tells me don't worry. But how does he know not liposarcoma?

I have lipomas on left side of body. One big one in left calf. And one in left rib area. Tells me don't worry. But how does he know not liposarcoma?

Get it removed: While it is rare for lipomas to turn into liposarcoma, a large lipoma especially on the arms or legs should be removed completely as those locations have a higher risk. Larger lipomas have a higher risk. Sometimes an MRI before surgery can give clues as to the possibility of finding a sarcoma. ...Read more

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MRI was taking of Large fatty mass in back of shoulder, came back as lipoma. Can lipoma turn into liposarcoma?

MRI was taking of Large fatty mass in back of shoulder, came back as lipoma. Can lipoma turn into liposarcoma?

No,: But sometimes it may be difficult to distinguish a lipoma from a low grade liposarcoma on imaging, particularly the larger lesions. Lipomas are much more common. ...Read more

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Looks like I have either lipoma or liposarcoma from what I can tell. Is it best to have checked by pcp or dermatologist? Dx? Tx?

Looks like I have either lipoma or liposarcoma from what I can tell. Is it best to have checked by pcp or dermatologist? Dx? Tx?

Surgical oncologist: If your tumor is 5 cm or greater in size, then it is at increased risk for being a liposarcoma, in which case you should see a surgical oncologist familiar with sarcoma surgery. ...Read more

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Can a liposarcoma appear as a lipoma on ultrasound? And do they cause sharp pain? Can they occur in the arm?

Can a liposarcoma appear as a lipoma on ultrasound? And do they cause sharp pain? Can they occur in the arm?

No pain: Liposarcomas can arise where ever fat is present in the abdomen and extremities. When malignant transformation occurs it does not do so uniformly throughout a relatively large lesion. To be sure of pathology whole lesion should be resected and one can find lipoma with select areas of malignant transformation as well as myxomatous components. Pain is rarely associated with lipoSa. Sono of no value ...Read more

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Had 3 drs look at invisible lump, no biop. Decided its deep lipoma partly on spine. I found almost matching pair below ribs. Spot on back liposarcoma?

Had 3 drs look at invisible lump, no biop. Decided its deep lipoma partly on spine. I found almost matching pair below ribs. Spot on back liposarcoma?

Probably not: Most subcutaneous above muscle fascia tumors are lipomas. Common to have multiple lipomas at the same time. The lipoma is soft compared to liposarcoma which is firm. Soft fatty tumors under 10 cm. In size are for the most part benign. The growing lipoma which becomes firm is usually the Sa. In very large lipomas, one can find variations with lipoma and Sa mixed in the same growth. ...Read more

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Large lipoma in shoulder blade causing pain in arm. Can mri be enough for the diagnosing or could it be liposarcoma?

Large lipoma in shoulder blade causing pain in arm. Can mri be enough for the diagnosing or could it be liposarcoma?

MRI: Is usually sufficient to make a presumptive diagnosis of lipoma. However, it may sometimes be difficult, particularly in larger lesions, to rule out a low grade liposarcoma due to some overlap in their appearances. Luckily, lipomas are extremely common, and liposarcomas are very uncommon. I ...Read more

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A Large growing soft mass on back of shoulder that has blood vessels. Could this be liposarcoma or a lipoma?

A Large growing soft mass on back of shoulder that has blood vessels. Could this be liposarcoma or a lipoma?

Could be either: It is important that you consult a surgeon to have the lesion removed and submitted to a pathologist for examination to ascertain if it is lipoma or liposarcoma.
Wish you good health. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of liposarcomas?

What is the survival rate of liposarcomas?

Depends: Depends on the stage. More advanced stages have shorter life expectancy. Also, remember that these are statistics, and predictable for a group of individuals, not a single individual. Talk to your health care team about your specific case. Hope this helps! ...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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Is lipoma completely noncancerous?

Is lipoma completely noncancerous?

Yes: Lipoma is a benign fatty growth under the skin, and these do not change into cancer in the future. Would generally need to be examined by a doctor to be sure that it is a lipoma too. ...Read more

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Lipoma on us vs lymp node on us?

Lipoma on us vs lymp node on us?

? Question: Are you asking how to tell the difference? Or are these results u were given by an md? Was this a breast or underarm ultrasound? Lipomas look like your normal fat but balled up in a lump, sometimes a very thin capsule is seen. Lymph nodes will often appear more dense and show blood flow on special ultrasounds. Both of these are usually benign. What is it u are ultrasounding? ...Read more

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Can lipomas lead to lipodystrophy?

Can lipomas lead to lipodystrophy?

NO: Lipodystropy is a condition with loss of fat tissue, abnormal degeneration of fat tissue, some could be hereditary, some time due to lack of circulating lipton, fat distribution may alter, will loose where you don't want (face, cheeks, arms) gets deposited where you don't want. Lipomas are benign tumors not in metabolic sys will not undergo lipodystrophy. ...Read more

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Can fascia be mistaken for lipomas?

Can fascia be mistaken for lipomas?

NO: Fascia has distinct anatomy, is in expected location, each have its own unique futures, an experienced professional will not mistake one from another ...Read more

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What will happen in lipoma surgery?

What will happen in lipoma surgery?

Lipoma: They are typically found in superficial locations (can feel them just beneath the skin). The skin is injected with a local anesthetic. The skin overlying the lipoma is incised, and the lipoma is dissected out an removed, usually in one piece. It is sent to pathology for detailed analysis. Sometimes light sedation is administered by an anesthesiologist. Deep lesions may require a bigger operation. ...Read more