Learn more about lipomas and treatment. A lipoma is a non-carcinogenic mass (benign) that is formed due to a proliferation of fat cells. You can get a lipoma anywhere on the body where you have fat cells. Lipomas are not cancers. Cancerous tumors of fat cells are called liposarcomas. They are a type of soft tissue sarcoma. In most cases, these do not start from a lipoma. It is very rare for lipomas to turn into cancerous sarcoma.
The cause of lipomas is unknown. It is possible that there is a genetic implication because many patients with lipomas come from a family having anterior to these tumors. Sometimes an injury such as a blunt blow on a part of the body can trigger the growth of a lipoma. People often ignore lipomas until they are big enough to become visible and palpable. This growth occurs slowly over several years.
Lipomas are slow growing in nature and can affect people of any age group. These are the most common soft tissue swellings in people. A lipoma is essentially a fat mass. It is usually unique in number and the size is limited to less than 1 centimeter in most cases, but sometimes there may be multiple lipomas in one person. They have a subcutaneous origin, that is, lie below the skin and can easily be lifted between two fingers when they are pinched.
Zip has been on this for about six months , says Greiner, and there is a clear difference in size and smoothness. The one on his shoulder used to look like a softball and people panicked when they felt it, but many people who are familiar with it think that it feels smaller, softer and more supple. The one on his leg felt like a big marble but is now softer and smaller. The lipoma of the rib cage seems very loose and fluid now.
These effects may decrease with time. Psychotherapy and consultation with pain management specialists can help sufferers cope with intense long-term pain. The other treatment is symptomatic and favorable. Researchers are studying the use of the alfa-2b interferon as a potential treatment for people with Dercum disease. Two people with Dercum who received this treatment for hepatitis C have seen an improvement in the symptoms associated with Dercum's disease. Further research is needed to determine the safety and long-term effectiveness of the alfa-2b interferon as a potential treatment for this disorder. Alternative approaches such as acupuncture, hypnosis, biofeedback and cognitive-behavioral therapy have also been tried out for people with Dercum disease. Information on current clinical trials is available on the Internet at www.clinicaltrials.gov.
However, their cost and availability limit their use in most developing country contexts. Histologically, they must be distinguished from liposome liposarcoma well differentiated by extensive tumor sampling.1 Although non-concomitant treatments for lipomas (such as steroidal injections and liposuction ) have become common5,6, complete surgical excision remains the treatment of choice for vulvar lipomas.
Dr Jeff Rebish is a board certified dermatologist, who is in practice with Dr Sandra Lee. He practices general dermatology and some surgical dermatology. Here …