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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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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 lipomas on my body. Please guide.

Query: Hello, doctor, I have had various lipomas for a long time, and they were all found to be non-vascular. However, in the last three to six months, I have observed a lot more, perhaps 40 or more in total. Some are shaped like spherical balls, others flat. The spherical balls burn sharply when touched....  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and understand your concern. Lipoma is a benign lesion, although it can only be definitively distinguished from a malignant fatty lump after excision and pathological examination. However, having many lipomas throughout the body is a rather fre...  Read Full »

How to confirm the nature of a mild tender lump under the skin of the deltoid muscle?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having a mild, tender bump or a lump or a kind of knot deep under the skin on the deltoid muscle. It is very hard to tell if it is moving under the skin. It has been there for three years. I have not noticed any significant growth in the last three years. I am quite scared after rea...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand the anxiety you would be suffering from after suspecting that it is a sarcoma. Here is what I can suggest to you: Sarcoma is an uncommon cause of such lumps, and much more common are some harmless cysts and lipomas. Malignant tumors like sarcoma generall...  Read Full »

What causes a lump on the occipital area?

Query: Hi doctor,About one week ago, I felt a tender lump in the occipital area of my head. It is pea sized and movable. It hurt only when I touch. It has not got any worse. In fact, it is better and less tender unless I touch it. When I had an appointment with my doctor, I was asked to give a blood sample...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The lump in your occipital region may be a small lipoma, but it would be best to have it examined by your doctor for a proper evaluation. As for the abnormalities on your blood work, it would be helpful if you could provide the absolute numbers rather than percentages...  Read Full »

My brother has a bump on his rib cage. Please help.

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 bas...  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 att...  Read Full »

What causes a lump in the neck?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old male. I got a lump in the right side of my neck before two weeks. I am taking capsule Cipmox 500, but it has not yet cured. Though it is not painful, I am worried. It never happened earlier. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. Such neck lump needs clinical examination to get an idea what it is. If it is mobile, painless and static in size, then it could be a fat deposit known as lipoma. In case it is painful, then it can be an abscess or lymph node. The best way out is...  Read Full »

Why is there a hard pea sized lymph node above collar bone?

Query: Hi doctor, I am female, 36 years old, 5 feet, generally healthy. I have recently found a small hard pea sized painless lump on my left collar bone, it moves around and I have had for periods of few days at a time over last few months, very sore, tender to touch breasts. I have not seen anyone about...  Read Full »

Dr. Vedprakash Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Tender breasts are very common during pre-menstrual phases due to hormonal causes, so do not worry for this. The hard lump over collar bone, which is non-tender and pea sized needs to be ruled out that whether it is lipoma or an increase in supraclavicular lymphnode, whic...  Read Full »

What is the small red bump raised on my arm indicate?

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 »

I have a lump of fat under my breast. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a roll or lump of fat under my left breast, on the top of the ribcage. It comes down from my chest, it kind of fills the gap from under the breast to the ribs. It is not hard, does not hurt nor is it sore. It is just squishy and soft like normal fat. Is it possible to get fat on ...  Read Full »

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The description you gave indicates likely two possibilities, it may be a simple lipoma, that is just accumulation of fat cells, and the other possibility is fibroadenoma that is relatively firm in consistency and freely mobile, both are non-painful and benign conditions. ...  Read Full »

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