A lipoma is a harmless benign tumor made up of fat tissues. It is usually a soft and painless tumor, which commonly affects the upper back, shoulders, and abdomen. It does not require treatment. If it causes pain, then surgical removal of lipoma is done.

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I have had some non-vascular lipomas for a long time. What are the chances of them being malignant?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had some lipomas for a long time they were all checked to be nonvascular. However in the past three to six months I have noticed a lot more maybe around 40 or more in total, some are like round balls, and some are flat. The round ball ones are sharp and burning when touching th...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Accordingly, the reports attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) show multiple lipomas. A biopsy is advised to rule out possible malignancies associated with liposarcoma. But chances of lipoma turning to liposarcoma are very rare. Lipoma is a ...  Read Full »

I have a lump in my sternum. What can it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lump on my sternum. It is not big and not painful, also not hard. I just did chest X-ray and I believe it does not show anything. What can it be? Also, my blood work is normal except high uric acid level.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your X-ray is fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and no lump is visible on the X-ray. The first possibility and common cause is a lipoma. If possible, you may upload a picture of the lump. Also, let me know, whether it is just below the skin or at...  Read Full »

Is the lump on my back fat or a tumor?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a knot or lump on my upper back just in the middle and a little right side of the back. It can be felt when I get a massage. Can this be dangerous? The doctor once told me seven years back that it might be fat. What test can ensure that it is not a serious tumor?  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have checked the attached photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like a lipoma, a benign fat mass with a soft consistency. Lipoma is completely benign with no complications. A biopsy is the most confirmative method. A surgical assessment...  Read Full »

What could a bump on one side of rib cage be?

Query: Hello doctor, Just this morning my brother told me he had pain in his ribs the day before and it seemed a bit weird this morning too. But, he did not have any pain. There seems to be a weird bump on one side of his rib cage. What could be wrong?  Read Full »

Dr. Arti Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This could possibly be a collection of fat cells called lipoma or collection of a mass of nerves called neuroma. Another possibility is that it could be an inflamed muscle or a bone spur. A clinical examination would be extremely necessary. A biopsy may be needed ...  Read Full »

What could be the tiny lump above my hip that hurts on pressing?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old, male, 5'9", 105 kg. When I woke up, I felt a tiny lumped mass on the back just above left hip. Only hurts when pressed hard. I am anxious. Could it be constipation?  Read Full »

Dr. Rashi Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are lots of differential diagnosis for the lump. Lipoma: It is an overgrowth of fat in an area. It is soft to touch. It is a benign condition. It is a slow-growing tumor and usually recurs if removed. No treatment is needed if small. Sebaceaous cyst: It is cysti...  Read Full »

I have a painless small raised lump on my arm. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small red raised lump on my arm with a slightly waxy appearance. It does not itch and has grown from nothing to approximately four to five mm in diameter in three months. Initially, it just started as a very small dot and has grown. I am attaching the pictures for your referen...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your photos (attachments removed to protect patient identity). It is a small reddish papule. Since how long have you had this? Is it painful? This could be either of these. Insect bite reaction or small lipoma. Mastocytoma (mast cell tumor) or melanom...  Read Full »

Can the soft pulpy growth on my mother's shoulder be cancerous?

Query: Hi doctor,My mother has a tumor-like thing in her shoulder. It is like a soft pulpy thing. Right now it is small and not causing much pain. When she works too much, she feels a weight on her shoulder and a mild pain like she has lifted a weight. Is that something cancerous?  Read Full »

Dr. Berry Chirag Ashok

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for using this platform. It sounds like your mother has a soft pulpy growth on her shoulder, which is painless at rest but causes heaviness on exertion. Although this information gives us some idea, it is challenging for me to guess what precisely this growth...  Read Full »

I have pain in the upper right side of my stomach due to a lipoma. Do I need to undergo, or only medicines will help?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in the upper right side of my stomach. I went for an ultrasound which showed a lipoma. I feel pain only when I press this lipoma, and sometimes I feel very uncomfortable. When I first visited the doctor, he suggested the tablet Pantoprazole. What should I do? Can medicine c...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry, as lipoma is usually harmless. It remains there for decades but does not hurt. Sometimes, it might get infected or calcified. In that case, surgery is indicated. It does not regress with medicines, so only surgery can cure it, but surgery is done only f...  Read Full »

What is the lump at the base of my chin?

Query: Hello doctor, I have lump at the base of chin in the middle, where it meets the curve of neck. The size is a little smaller than a dime. Only you can feel that but not see. I was having discomfort for a month on the left side like I have to move my neck but has stopped now. Then noticed the round l...  Read Full »

Dr. Vedprakash Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I need to examine either this is lipoma or enlarged lymph nodes. If possible, send images.  Read Full »

What can be done regarding fat balls on body, some of which are painful?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 27 years old and my weight is normal. I have fat balls on my body everywhere and some are painful. How can I get rid of those? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your description, most probably you have lipoma which is the accumulation of fat. If they are painful, get them surgically removed. Please tell me the following things to help you better: How many lipomas do you have? What are their size and duration? In w...  Read Full »

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