Lipoma is a condition in which excess growth of fat cells between the skin and the fibrous capsule occurs. Lipomas usually develop slowly and are not considered to be cancerous. They can occur in any part of the body but they commonly affect the torso, neck, upper thighs, upper arms, and armpits.
A lipoma is just an outgrowth of the skin due to deposition of fat and therefore, can be detected easily. People can have more than one lipoma. Generally, these are soft, painless and harmless but the doctor may advise you to remove them if they trouble you.
Soft and doughy structure which can move under slight finger pressure is the main symptom of lipoma. Lipomas can occur in any part of the body under the skin. They are small in size, less than 2 inches in diameter but can grow with time.
One may not experience pain unless it grows toward the nerves or if it affects blood vessels. Rarely, it can grow deep into the skin and can be larger than normal. Although it is a harmless condition, one should consult a doctor if he/she notices a lump or swelling in the skin.
The real cause of lipoma is still unknown but the family history is considered as one of the risk factors. A minor injury may also trigger the growth of lipoma.
4 Making a Diagnosis
The doctor will examine the affected area carefully and will ask you several questions for making a clear diagnosis of lipoma. So, one should pen down the important information about his/her condition.
The doctor may ask you the following questions:
What symptoms you are experiencing and when did they appear first?
Whether it has grown in size?
Is it painful?
Do you have any family history of lipoma?
Whether you have experienced the same condition in the past?
By analysing your condition physically and on the basis of the information provided by you, the doctor may recommend you following tests:
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