Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lipoma

Lipoma

What is lipoma?

Lipoma is a tumor of fat cells that is often located under the skin, above the muscle and can also appear in other parts of the body such as the brain, the heart, shoulders, neck, back, arms, legs, abdomen and lungs. Their sizes vary, and usually have a rubbery, soft feel.
Lipomas do not cause any discomfort, pain or tenderness though they can be unsightly. Primarily, lipoma occurs in the people that are older or middle-aged. If you develop a swollen area or lump, try to seek a medical attention from a licensed healthcare provider as fast as you can.

Types of lipoma

There are different types of lipoma, but we will explain briefly most common ones namely, superficial subcutaneous, deep intramuscular lipomas, angiolipoma lipomas, spindle cell lipomas and lumbosacral lipomas.

  •      Superficial subcutaneous lipomas- this occurs more on the forearms, nape of the neck, and trunk of women. They are also common in overweight people.
  •     Deep intramuscular lipomas, this affects more men than women, especially those between the ages of 30 and 65.
  •   Angiolipoma lipomas are common on the forearm of adults
  •  Spindle cell lipomas are frequent in the shoulders and necks of people between the ages of 45 and 60.
  •  Lumbosacral lipomas are common infants, and can as well be seen in adults.

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