FAQ - Lipoma
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What are the symptoms that a brain lipoma near the pituitary gland has grown some?


A lipoma is a benign tumor composed of fatty tissue, this means it is a fatty mass that is non cancerous.

The pituitary gland at the base of the brain oversees the endocrine system and keeps hormone levels in check.

if it is pressing or near the pituitary gland it may hinder its efficiency... some symptoms may include

Persistent headaches.
Visual disturbances, such as loss of peripheral vision or (rarely) double vision.
Nausea and vomiting.
Loss of libido (sex drive) or erectile dysfunction (inability to have an erection) in men.
Menstrual period irregularities in women.
Changes to appearance.
Cognitive difficulties, including problems with thinking.
Light-headedness on standing.
Fatigue.  (+ info)

what kind of MD for removal of lipoma?


My mother has a lipoma on her left forearm measuring about 6 cm x 7 cm? It has been growing over the past few years. She reports no pain. Which type of MD would be best suited for the removal?
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Her primary care physician may remove it, but I would definitely recommend either a dermatologist or plastic surgeon...that is what they are trained in and will likely have a small scar.

Good luck!  (+ info)

I have what the doctor called a "lipoma" in my left cheek, right above my jaw. Is this dangerous?


I have a "lipoma" in my cheek. The doctor didnt do any test or ultrasound. Should i get a second opinion?
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A lipoma is benign. A liposarcoma is malignant.
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1102007-overview
http://www.mayoclinic.org/liposarcoma/
How does your doctor know what this is without a biopsy?
Forget the ultrasound.
The only way to know what a tumor mass may be is to biopsy it
and look at it under a microscope.
The other option is to follow it and see if it grows. A bit risky.
If it does not grow over time, it is not a malignancy.  (+ info)

Should someone be worried about a lipoma that's on their hip?


If it hurts when you touch it, you think it should be removed?
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Do you know of anyone who has had a lipoma in the breast that has turned into cancer?


If yes, what was the outcome?
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A lipoma does not turn into cancer.  (+ info)

What does anyone know about Lipoma?


I was diagnosed with Lipoma a few days ago, but not given much information. I am only 27, and according to everything I have read that is pretty young for this diagnosis. I am scheduled for an imageing next week to find out how extensive I have the Lioma's. Any help would be appreciated.
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Far as I know, Lipomas are usually harmless. They're extremely common among the Jewish community (I have at least one and my father has one or two himself) and usually do not malignize meaning, they'll cause little to no trouble at all...

In some other species they're a lot more likely to go malignize and spread.  (+ info)

I just went to the doctor about a lump and he said I have a lipoma?


What does this mean for me now and in the long run? can this be lethal for me and can I have it removed?
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A lipoma is a benign fatty tissue tumor, it is not cancer. They are slow growing lumps of overgrown fat that show up on various parts of the body sometimes. They are most common in middle age folks, but you can develop one at any time in life. You can have it removed if you like, but there's no particular reason to do it unless it is in a spot that bothers you or it becomes painful. Your doctor can do a needle biopsy to confirm that it is a lipoma if you like, but for the most part a doctor can tell it is a lipoma from the way it feels and acts when it's examined. It doesn't mean anything at all, really. It's not lethal at all. Removing it is a simply process, but it means having the skin cut and sutured to do it. Cutting the skin means you will have a chance at infection and will have a scar after it all heals. What the scar looks like is anyone's guess. Since it isn't dangerous, your insurance may or may not pay for the removal. So it's really up to you to decide what you want to do next. You do not have to do anything at all though. It's not cancer, if that is what has you worried, and they almost never become a problem.  (+ info)

can someone tell me what the average cost of lipoma surgery is?


i have 1 on my upper back,not too big and not too small,so ive seen people say they have 10-100,thats nuts! i have one and was wondering what it cost as a cash patient? thanks
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2000$ and up  (+ info)

I have a Lipoma located on my back, and I'm due to have it removed next month. what will be the consequences. ?


I went last week to have it removed, but I was told by my doctor that I need to be in a operating room. What do you think about having an operation on your back.
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If you have a board certified surgeon, you should be fine. Make sure that your hospital has a good track record with keeping their infection rates low. Good luck  (+ info)

i have a large lipoma on my torso, is that normal? Does the size indicate cancer?


I have another one the size of a walnut on my shoulder and I believe I got them from an injury, doing yoga incorrectly for years on a couple of positions. I want to remove them by means of ultra sound waves instead of excision....is this new procedure quick and easy?
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How do you know that this lump is a lipoma instead of a liposarcoma? It is not clear if you have had a biopsy or been examined by a doctor, but you should never ignore any unexplained painless lump or bump located anywhere on the body . .especially if it is growing . . and, yes, a large size can indicate cancer. But no one knows if that is what you are dealing with or not . . . you will need to see a doctor for a diagnosis.

What is a soft tissue sarcoma
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_1X_What_is_sarcoma_38.asp  (+ info)

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