CAUSES, SYMPTOMS AND IT TREATMENT
WHAT IS A LIPOMA?
A lipoma is a round or oval-shaped lump of tissue that grows just beneath the skin. It’s made of fat, moves easily when you touch it and doesn’t usually cause pain. Lipomas can appear anywhere on the body, but they’re most common on the back, trunk (torso), arms, shoulders and neck.
Lipomas are benign soft tissue tumors. They grow slowly and are not cancerous. Most lipomas don’t need treatment. If a lipoma is bothering you, our medical professional at Adebayo Iiving tower Hospital can remove it with an outpatient procedure.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A LIPOMA?
Lipomas aren’t usually painful, but they can be uncomfortable if they press against a nerve or develop near a joint. Many people who have a lipoma don’t notice any symptoms. Lipomas are usually:
• *Encapsulated*: They don’t spread to the tissues surrounding them.
• *Painless* : However, some lipomas cause pain and discomfort depending on their location, size and if blood vessels are present.
• *Round or Oval-shaped* : The fatty lumps of rubbery tissue are usually symmetrical.
• *Moveable* : They sit just beneath the skin’s surface and move when you touch them.
• *Smaller than 2 inches in diameter:* In a few cases, lipomas can be larger than 6 inches wide.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF A LIPOMA?
We aren’t sure what causes lipomas to grow. They are inherited (passed down through families). You’re more likely to develop a lipoma if someone in your family has one.
Some conditions cause multiple lipomas to form on the body. Lipoma-causing conditions include:
√ Dercum’s disease: This rare disorder causes painful lipomas to grow, most often on the arms, legs and trunk. It’s also called adiposis dolorosa or Anders’ syndrome.
√ Gardner syndrome: A form of a disorder called familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), Gardner syndrome causes lipomas and a range of health problems.
√ Hereditary multiple lipomatosis: Also called familial multiple lipomatosis, this disorder is inherited (passed down through families).
√ Madelung’s disease: This condition occurs most often in men who drink alcohol excessively. Also called multiple symmetric lipomatosis, Madelung’s disease causes lipomas to grow around the neck and shoulders.
WHERE DO LIPOMAS GROW?
Lipomas can develop anywhere on the body. Rarely, lipomas grow on the muscles, internal organs or brain. The majority of people with a lipoma only have one, although more than one lipoma can grow. Most lipomas develop just under the skin on the:
• Arms or legs.
• Trunk (chest and torso).
HOW COMMON ARE LIPOMAS?
Lipomas are very common. About 1 of every 1,000 people has a lipoma. Lipomas appear most often between ages 40 and 60, but they can develop at any age. They can even be present at birth. Lipomas affect people of all genders, but they are slightly more common in women.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF LIPOMAS?
All lipomas are made of fat. Some lipomas also contain blood vessels or other tissues. There are several types of lipomas, including:
• Angiolipoma: This type contains fat and blood vessels. Angiolipomas are often painful.
• Conventional: The most common type, a conventional lipoma contains white fat cells. White fat cells store energy.
• Fibrolipoma: Fat and fibrous tissue make up this type of lipoma.
• Hibernoma: This kind of lipoma contains brown fat. Most other lipomas contain white fat. Brown fat cells generate heat and help regulate body temperature.
• Myelolipoma: These lipomas contain fat and tissues that produce blood cells.
• Spindle cell: The fat cells in these lipomas are longer than they are wide.
• Pleomorphic: These lipomas have fat cells of various sizes and shapes.
HOW CAN I PREVENT LIPOMAS?
Lipomas (and many of the conditions that cause lipomas) are inherited. Since they’re passed down through families, it isn’t possible to prevent them. You can lower your risk of developing Madelung’s disease (a condition that causes lipomas to grow) by limiting the amount of alcohol you drink.
WHERE SHOULD I VISIT FOR MY LIPOMAS?
If you have a skin growth, lump or knot under your skin, visit our medical professional at Adebayo Living Tower Hospital. It’s essential to get evaluated and rule out serious conditions, such as liposarcoma (a type of cancer). Symptoms of liposarcoma are similar to signs of a lipoma.
If you have a lipoma, see or visit at adebayo living tower hospital if you notice any changes, such as sudden pain. Call us or visit our medical professional at Adebayo living tower hospital if it’s growing rapidly (over weeks), feels hard or move as easily when you touch it. Your provider will check the lipoma to see if it has blood vessels, which is a sign of a rare type of painful lipoma called an angiolipoma.
OUR MEDICAL OUTLOOK FOR THE PEOPLE LIVING WITH LIPOMAS AT ADEBAYO LIVING TOWER HOSPITAL
Many people live with lipomas, and they may not even notice them. Most lipomas don’t need treatment, but Our medical professional at Adebayo living tower Hospital can remove them if necessary. Lipomas rarely grow back after lipoma treatment, but another one may grow in a different spot on your body.
OUR TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF LIPOMAS AT ADEBAYO LIVING TOWER HOSPITAL
Most lipomas don’t need treatment. If a lipoma is bothering you, visit our medical professional at Adebayo Living Tower Hospital to remove it surgically. Lipoma removal procedures are safe and effective, and you can usually go home the same day.
As an alternative to lipoma surgery, our medical professional may recommend liposuction to remove the lipoma. our medical professional at Adebayo living Tower Hospital uses a long, thin needle to remove fatty tissue from the growth.
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