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Doctor insights on: What Is This Slowly Growing Lump On My Arm Not Too Hard Maybe Lipoma

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Lipoma (Definition)

Lipomas are a clinical finding of benign ...Read more


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Hard lump somewhat deep under skin on outer upper left arm. Feels about the size of a dime. Gotten bigger over the last month. Doesn't move. Lipoma?

Hard lump somewhat deep under skin on outer upper left arm. Feels about the size of a dime. Gotten bigger over the last month. Doesn't move. Lipoma?

Maybe: There are many tumors that can grow larger as well as things like ganglions etc. You need a consult with a dermatologist, a surgeon, or an onchologist. ...Read more

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How can I tell if this lump on my arm.Is really a lipoma I was told by a nurse a long time ago. But im not sure . Help?

How can I tell if this lump on my arm.Is really a lipoma I was told by a nurse a long time ago. But im not sure .  Help?

MRI: Unlike most soft tissue tumors, you can diagnose a lipoma confidently with an mri. If it looks like a lipoma on mri, you don't need a biopsy or surgery. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my arm I was told it was a lipoma what is that and how do I get rid of it. And is it dangerous?

I have a lump in my arm I was told it was a lipoma what is that and how do I get rid of it. And is it dangerous?

Benign Fatty Tumor: Lipomas are non cancerous growths that may occur anywhere on your body, usually evident as a rubbery lump that can be felt just under the skin. They can be easily removed (often under local anesthesia in an office-setting, depending on it's size and location). Removal is advised if it is enlarging or causing discomfort, although many request removal for aesthetic reasons. ...Read more

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Large lump at the top of my arm, with intermittent shooting pain through my elbow and wrist. Can a lipoma cause pain or is this something more?

Large lump at the top of my arm, with intermittent shooting pain through my elbow and wrist.  Can a lipoma cause pain or is this something more?

Nerve compression: The shooting pain through your elbow and wrist could be related to a compressed nerve. Ok to check with your doc for an exam and opinion about that lump and whether it is causative. ...Read more

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Have a grape sized lump under arm that moves. When i lift arm it moves lower and can't feel it lying down. History of lipomas. Swollen gland or lipoma?

LIkely: Sorry, cannot tell by history provided. Need to see a dr for exam. Might put needle in it, or if annoying you, might remove to identify ; 'kill two birds with one procedure.'. ...Read more

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I see a lump on my upper arm more when I turn it elbow facing down palm up. In the past I was told its a lipoma now shooting arm pain what's next help?

I see a lump on my upper arm more when I turn it elbow facing down palm up. In the past I was told its a lipoma now shooting arm pain what's next help?

Doc, check it again: Shooting pain down the arm is the focus of what needs to be evaluated. It may relate to the lipoma. A lipoma, collections of fatty tissue under the skin, may occur in multiple areas of skin. If it changes size, or quality or becomes tender, it should be removed, because there may be a cancerous change in some cells. Shoot pain down arm and lipoma may be distinct problems, have both checked out. ...Read more

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Have a lipoma lump on my upper arm and now have what looks like a broken blood vessel coming down my arm?

Have a lipoma lump on my upper arm and now have what looks like a broken blood vessel coming down my arm?

Consult with a GS: You should make an appointment to see a general surgeon for an opinion on what the lesion most likely is and how it should be treated. ...Read more

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Firm lump on shoulder blade that does not move. Been there for about two yrs, recently growing and increased discomfort. Fairly certain not a lipoma.

Firm lump on shoulder blade that does not move. Been there for about two yrs, recently growing and increased discomfort. Fairly certain not a lipoma.

Get evaluated: Any lump increasing in size or associated with discomfort warrants evaluation, particularly if present for fairly lengthy duration. I would not venture to guess what it may or may not be without an exam. ...Read more