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Benign Lipoma (Definition)

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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Lump gotten larger in forearm near ulnar node area. Cant tell if hard/soft. Doesn't move and since bigger, can see w/o feeling area. Node or lipoma?

Lump gotten larger in forearm near ulnar node area. Cant tell if hard/soft. Doesn't move and since bigger, can see w/o feeling area. Node or lipoma?

Need to be examined: It sounds like you need to be examined with or without an ultrasound to be able to appropriately determine the etiology of this lesion and whether or not it's in lymph node or the soft tissue mass like a lipoma ...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?

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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A small lump appeared suddenly near the inside of my elbow, about 2 weeks ago. Dr said its lipoma, it & area around are painful, could it be sarcoma?

A small lump appeared suddenly near the inside of my elbow, about 2 weeks ago. Dr said its lipoma, it & area around are painful, could it be sarcoma?

Lump dilemma: Lump inside the elbow which is painful can have several causes starting from lymph node, lipoma, cystic mass and the list goes on if we look at the given info; pain, sudden onset favor tendinitis with fluid collection from a strenous exercise more detailed history and skilful exam can clarify the matter.Sarcoma is very unlikely with this history ultrasound of the mass can provide helpful info. ...Read more

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Found a visible lump between breast and armpit in dec. Mammo and u/s in march, it showed up in neither. Dr said felt fibrous. Lipoma? Lymph gone bad?

Found a visible lump between breast and armpit in dec. Mammo and u/s in march, it showed up in neither. Dr said felt fibrous. Lipoma? Lymph gone bad?

Disturbing: If you can see and or feel it, your surgeon may help.
I worry that the mammogram may not be exposing the area of concern. Ultrasound is great fir cysts.
Careful attention.
The patient is likely correct!, . ...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

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I have several bump in my arms. Sizes are 1cm or smaller. Not pain, but hard. Somedays before one got pain with fever. But now isn't. Is it lipoma?

I have several bump in my arms. Sizes are 1cm or smaller. Not pain, but hard. Somedays before one got pain with fever. But now isn't. Is it lipoma?

Variable,: Cysts, fibromas, lipomas, neurofibromas can all be small lumps anywhere in the body.
There are some clinical differences, but some need removal to determine cause. ...Read more

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If I want to be seen for a lipoma on right upper arm that I think is growing were do I go what's the first step to take?

If I want to be seen for a lipoma on right upper arm that I think is growing were do I go what's the first step to take?

Start with reg doc: Just start with your regular doc. Depending on the size and location of the lipoma, it should be fairly straightforward to remove. They will likely set you up with a surgeon to have it further evaluated and removed. ...Read more

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Brst cancer surv 1.5mths. (pic) lumps grew starting july, not noticeable until aug. Dr says won't check out, no big deal-lipoma. But these r growing fast.

Brst cancer surv 1.5mths. (pic) lumps grew starting july, not noticeable until aug. Dr says won't check out, no big deal-lipoma. But these r growing fast.

What is the question: Your question is not entirely clear to me. Do you have a diagnosis of breast cancer made already or are you concerned that you might have cancer? Please make it clear and ask a clear question that you have in mind. I agree that if the lumps are growing fast, it is not going to be a lipoma. So a biopsy is required to determine the nature of this tumor (unless already confirmed to be breast cancer). ...Read more

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I have lipoma since 5 years on my arm, now it's a bit bigger 1.5 cm to 2 cm, it's hurt a bit when I pres can this be cancer grow or normal grow?

I have lipoma since 5 years on my arm, now it's a bit bigger 1.5 cm to 2 cm, it's hurt a bit when I pres can this be cancer grow or normal grow?

Unlikely: Cancer tends to be very hard and grow very fast. It would be unlikely that a mass you had for 5 years is cancer. Still, if it growing now you should have it checked. A biopsy will prove that it it benign and It is easier to remove when it is 1.5-2 cm than when it is 10 cm ...Read more

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I have a lipoma on my Bursa. I am awakened by pain in my shoulder and have discovered a hard lump above the lipoma. Can the lipoma lead to a cyst?

Not likely: But, the lipoma can grow and cause more symptoms. It's possible it may break out of its first pocket and feel like a different lump. If lipomas grow or cause symptoms like pain etc., then they should be removed. ...Read more

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Do I have to have the lipoma on my arm removed of its growing and how is the removal preformed step by step?

Do I have to have the lipoma on my arm removed of its growing and how is the removal preformed step by step?

Maybe: Normally small asymptomatic lipomas do not need to be removed other than for cosmetic reasons. However if you have a lump under the skin that is tender, painful, or growing rapidly it should probably be removed and biopsied. Usually this can be done in an office setting with local anesthesia. An incision is made, the lump is identified and removed and then the skin is closed with sutures. ...Read more

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Hello. I have a lump on my back. I was told its lipoma but its hard at the bottom and gets softer toword the top. What could this be?

Have to see it!: This is the kind of thing that a doctor needs to see. If you are not convinced your doctor is correct, see her/him again or see another doctor. ...Read more

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Can 3 hard pea lumps just be lipomas? Doctor said not to worry but he really didn't do much to check. Does it need to be biopsy

Can 3 hard pea lumps just be lipomas? Doctor said not to worry but he really didn't do much to check. Does it need to be biopsy

Get a second opinion: You're not satisfied. Pea-sized hard lumps are often really dermatofibromas. Most physicians can spot cancers of the skin easily enough though naming the benign lesions is more of a challenge. If you're at all concerned, get with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a medium sized ball in the back of my arm. It's located in my arm fat, its hard. Could it be lipoma, a cyst, or a tumor? .

Any of the above: One needs to examine and even biopsy the area to get you the answer. In fact, you have already narrowed down the potential diagnosis yourself. ...Read more

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Had lipoma removed from front rib. Now a hard lump is in it's place. I am now 5 days post surgery and still there. Normal part of healing?

Had lipoma removed from front rib. Now a hard lump is in it's place. I am now 5 days post surgery and still there. Normal part of healing?

Common Post-op: A hard lump is common after surgery, it is referred to as the 'healing ridge'. Sometimes a hematoma or seroma fluid collection can occur. Only an exam could tell. See your surgeon if still concerned. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a lump in my sternal notch that is pretty firm. Ultrasound says "may" be a lipoma, watch for interval growth. Its bigger. Thoughts?

Hi, I have a lump in my sternal notch that is pretty firm. Ultrasound says "may" be a lipoma, watch for interval growth. Its bigger. Thoughts?

Doubt it: Lipoma are usually soft specially in this location

It is hard for me to say it is not without feeling it or seeing it.

I am depending on the location and description.

there is higher possibility that it is part of the sternum than it is a lipoma.

any way if it is too visible or causing you a problem you can ask to have it removed. ...Read more

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I have a couple of hard, nodular lumps in upper abdomen 3 years painful if pressed pain is sharp and goes through to back. Is it a lipoma?

I have a couple of hard, nodular lumps in upper abdomen 3 years painful if pressed pain is sharp and goes through to back. Is it a lipoma?

Need 2 Be Seen: Lipomas are the most common cause of lumps under the skin (in the subq space), however they rarely cause shooting pain on palpation as you describe. I suggest that you make an appointment with your primary care doctor to help sort this out. ...Read more