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A lipoma is a lump made up of fat cells. It is most often found just under your skin on your shoulders, back, or neck, but can be found in other areas of your body. Multiple lipomas found in different areas of your body is called lipomatosis. Lipomas normally grow very slowly and rarely turn into cancer.


Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:

If you had your lipoma removed, you may need to return to have your wound checked or stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have blood in your bowel movement.
  • Your lipoma increases in size.
  • Your lipoma is painful or you have pain in the area of your lipoma.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You feel a lump in your throat or have trouble swallowing.
  • You suddenly have trouble breathing.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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