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Help! Lipoma or Sarcoma?


This is a doctor's note on an outpatient education printout. What does this mean?
"patient is a 50 year old with a lipoma vs. liposarcoma FNA insufficient for diagnosis, query need for core biopsies of removal of lipoma (esp. given CT read stating it is possible a sarcoma)."

This patient has a lump on his neck and on his arm. Not sure which one this is referring to. Thank you for your time.

Please help.
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Doesn't say if it's talking about the neck or arm but basically it goes like this:

Lipoma is a benign and Liposarcoma is a malignant tumor.
FNA is a technique in which one sucks a bit of the tumor up with a needle to see what it's made of, and it's there saying it wasn't sufficient to establish the diagnosis, so basically he wants a better biopsy (tissue sample) so he can be sure what this is, and if it is malignant, at what stage it is.

Hope I helped.  (+ info)

Help! Lipoma or Sarcoma?


This is a doctor's note on an outpatient education printout. What does this mean?
"patient is a 50 year old with a lipoma vs. liposarcoma FNA insufficient for diagnosis, query need for core biopsies of removal of lipoma (esp. given CT read stating it is possible a sarcoma)."

This patient has a lump on his neck and on his arm. Not sure which one this is referring to. Thank you for your time.
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I'll make an amateur guess, I think it means that he possibly has cancer but they need to carry out a biopsy to prove or disprove the ct result.
If you have a look on wikipedia, which I will also do, you can find out what a lipoma or a liposarcoma is.
I hope it doesn't turn out to be cancer. Good luck.

edit; Wikipedia says that a lipoma is quite common in middle age people (my dog has one on his chest as it happens so it affects all mammals it seems) but a liposarcoma is an unusual cancer of the fat cells. It is less common than a fatty lump so the odds are on the patients' side.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liposarcoma

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipoma  (+ info)

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