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A lipoma

is a benign tumor of fatty tissue. Benign means the tumor is not cancerous. The cause of lipomas is unknown. Some types of lipomas may run in families.

Signs of a lipoma:

A lipoma is a round, soft, rubbery lump of tissue that grows very slowly under the skin. Lipomas can form anywhere in your body, but are usually found on the back, shoulders, neck, abdomen, arms, buttocks, and thighs. Lipomas move around underneath your skin when you press on them.

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.


You may not need treatment if the lipoma does not bother you. Your healthcare provider may recommend regular follow-up visits to check the lipoma for any changes. You may need surgery to remove the lipoma if it is large, painful, or causes other symptoms. This surgery is called an excision. Your healthcare provider will make an incision over the lipoma. He will then remove the lipoma and close the incision with medical tape or stitches. A sample of tissue from the lipoma may be sent to a lab for tests.

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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