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Lipoma

AMBULATORY CARE:

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. Some types of lipomas may run in families. They most often appear between age 40 and 60.

Signs and symptoms of a lipoma:

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.

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.

Treatment

may not be needed if the lipoma does not bother you. Your healthcare provider may recommend regular follow-up visits to check the lipoma for changes. Injections may help shrink your lipoma. You may need surgery to remove the lipoma if it is large, painful, or causes other symptoms.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

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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