What is Lipoma?

Lipoma is a benign lump, which is non-cancerous one. It grows from the fat cells that are present in the body. The lipoma can be left untreated if it not causing discomfort. But in case any pain, ache or soreness is experienced then it is surgically removed and send for biopsy.

In Most of the cases the xero mammogram shows normal and reveals a fatty breast. Lipoma are rounded and are multi lobuled mass. They are made up of adipose tissue enclosed inside a fibrous capsule. With increase in fat accumulation of the body the lipoma also gets increased in size.

In another condition known as “familial multiple lipoma”, the fat cells grows, develop and multiply into fatty lumps. This is caused due to inherited gene. In most of the cases the lipomas have been noted as painless. Apart from the breast one can develop them on arms, armpits, legs, buttocks, head, neck and trunk of the body. Sometimes the lumps keep on growing into a large size, they may not be harmful though can be a matter of great embarrassment.

In the radiography done in xero mammograms, it has been found that the mass with very fat density are further delineated with a very thin capsule of approximately 1 mm in diameter. It could be even less. The capsuled fat further compresses the tissues that encase the breast tissue.

The cancerous ones are known as liposarcomas. They are in fact soft tissue sarcomas. They are not lipoma as they do not evolve from lipoma. One can easily diagnose a lipoma with its appearance.

Treatment of Lipoma

Lipoma can be removed surgically in case it becomes painful and drains stinky smelling discharge. In case of infection or inflammation or with increase in size it can be removed.

Who are Affected by Lipoma?

Age is no bar when it comes to lipoma. But the middle aged women have been observed to suffer more from such cases.




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  • isaac

    hello…my name is ISAAC ..ive got a problem…well my mon has just been diagnosed and it if comfirmed that she has LIPOMA…she is 50 years old now..she is a very industrious woman so she does alot o working ….well i am realy worried right now because i am studing oversees…please kindly contact me via my email to tell me more about this illment and the possible solutions ….thanks.

  • Jennifer

    From what I have read about lipoma it is a non-cancerous fatty tumor under the skin. It can be left alone and cause no problems. If there is pain it is always a good idea to get a biopsy.

  • i have got many of these fatty tumor in my body specially in my arms and
    leg i have heard that is non cancerous but if i surgically remove it from my body there well be many holes in my. is there any way to remove or stop increasing it with any operation i mean any treatment. please notify my if there is any way i am very worried about it because it is going to increase in numbers.

  • Becka Lynn

    I am 6 months pregnant, and have a lump rught under my right brest that is about the size of a grapefruit. I was told that it was a fatty tumor, but it is causing me to have breathing problems. I am curious if it dangerous to have it removed during my pregnancy, or if it might be harmful once the baby gets bigger. I am concerned that I will have to deliver the baby early, and if it is too early to deliver. Please let me know if this is dangerous or not.

  • pablito navarro

    i have a lipoma at back of my neck wath is the cure of this deaseas?please help me !!!!

  • Mahmoud Hassan

    i have got many of these fatty tumor in my body specially in my arms and
    leg i have heard that is non cancerous but if i surgically remove it from my body there well be many holes in my. is there any way to remove or stop increasing it with any operation i mean any treatment. please notify my if there is any way i am very worried about it because it is going to increase in numbers.

  • Yvonne

    I have a Lipoma under my let breast. I am having it surgically removed in a few weeks. Thank God it is not Lymphoma.

  • kbakhan

    Hi, I had a Lipoma, behing my neck, located at upper back. Today I got it surgically removed. It was not causing any severe pain but surely it was causing embarrassment as it was visible. The surgeon did the removal process by applying local anesthesia. It took approx 1 hour to complete the operating procesures. The surgeon was very kind and good. Soon after the operation i am feeling as if some burden has been taken off from my back. They have it sent it for biopsy.

  • Donald

    I have had these tumors popping up all over my arms and legs,and i had some of them surgically removed about 4 years ago(approximately 20 large lipomas).i  now have scars from this operation.Unfortunately, more tumors are popping up again ,some alongside the scars.Sometimes there is pain in my leg or arms as a result of these lipoma obstructing blood flow.My doctors have again, advised surgery,that means more cuts and scars. I pray and hope someone can assist us in at least slowing done the growth rate of these lipoma as it looks strange and sometimes embarrassing.

  • prince

    Here so many peopoles suffuring from this deasaes ,& numbers of peoples increases thought the deaseses day by day.So please give us a solution to cure or minimise fom the lipoma. Thanks