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Lipoma

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A lipoma is a benign (non cancer) tumor made up of fat tissue. Lipomas can form anywhere in your body, but are usually found on the back, shoulders, neck, and head. The cause of lipomas is unknown. A lipoma looks like a round lump of tissue. It may feel soft and rubbery. Lipomas move around underneath your skin when you press on them. They usually do not hurt. If your lipoma grows large, it may cause pain.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your lipoma is getting bigger.
  • Your lipoma causes new or increased pain.
  • You develop new symptoms.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Your healthcare provider may recommend regular follow-up visits to check the lipoma for any changes. You may need tests if your lipoma becomes painful or changes in size or color. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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