Lipoma – Causes, Risk factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention

(Adipose tumor)

What is Lipoma

A lipoma, also known as Adipose tumor,  is a harmless lump of fat. There are several types that are usually classified by the place where they appear. Lipomas can appear anywhere on the body and are usually found just under the skin.

Lipoma Causes

Lipomas do not have a known cause. They may be related to a previous tissue injury.

Lipoma Risk factors

The factors that can increase the likelihood of having a lipoma are:

  • Family background
  • Lipomatosis, a hereditary condition that causes lipomas throughout the body
  • Adiposis dolorosa, a rare condition that causes painful lipomas

Lipoma Symptoms

Lipomas tend to be soft, painless and movable lumps that are found under the skin. Usually, they do not cause symptoms.

Lipoma Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. You will have a physical examination. In general, the diagnosis is based on flexibility, homogeneity and ease of movement under the skin. The doctor may indicate a biopsy to rule out other conditions.

Lipoma Treatment

Ask your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. You may want to leave the package as it is. Treatment options include:

  1. Injections to reduce the size of the lipoma
  2. Laser treatment (administered under the skin) to eliminate the lipoma
  3. Surgical removal to remove them
  4. Liposuction to remove excess adipose tissue under the skin

How to Prevent Lipoma

Currently, there are no guidelines to prevent lipoma.

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