Have you noticed a soft, rubbery bulge under your skin somewhere? It could be a lipoma. They occur when a piece of fat begins to grow in the soft tissues of your body. Although they are classified as tumors, they are generally harmless. They are the most common tumor to form under your skin, with about 1 in 1000 people getting one at some point. You usually find them in the upper body, arms or thighs. We do not know exactly what causes them.
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He or she will also examine the skin covering the mass, looking for any changes. Although doctors can usually diagnose lipomas based solely on history and physical examination, imaging tests may be useful. X-rays Although these tests create clear images of dense structures such as bone, plain X-rays may show a prominent shadow caused by a soft tissue tumor. Tomodensitometry (CT). These scanners are more detailed than X-rays and often show a fat mass to confirm the diagnosis of lipoma.
The treatment is excision. I recommend this because they will develop and become more difficult to manage, with longer scars, and there is a risk of malignant degeneration in large tumors. Limomas are benign growths beneath the surface of the skin. Over time, they tend to swell slightly, but do not destroy normal tissues nearby and do not mix or spread to other sites. As such, they do not need to be treated unless they become symptomatic or problematic depending on their size or location.
Learn more about lumps and bumps on your pet. In this video we meet with Dr. Mona Rosenberg who is board certified in veterinary oncology. She’ll discuss the importance of checking your pets…