I have a Large Soft Lump on my back- What is it???
- 1Mar 8, '03 by JUSTYSMOMHi everyone
It has been awhile since I have been on these boards. Lots of things going on in my life...
But anyway- I have a question for all of you seasoned nurses (who I am sure know more than some doctor's)..
I have had a lump on the upper left hand side of my back for probably a good year or two. It started out soft & small (yet noticable to me).
But over the last year it has grown quite large. It has still remained soft- But it is noticable to the point that you can actually see the lump sticking out through my shirt!
I have been to 3 different internists. All of them say it is nothing, benign..It is more of a cosmetic problem than anything else.
What in the world do you think this lump is?? When I press on it, I feel slight pain on one side (like it is resting on my spine or something).
How can I get this thing removed? Could it be dangerous?
Please give me some input on this lump please! I am going to make an appointment with a dermatologist (unless any of you advise other wise)
Thanks so much!!
- 0Mar 8, '03 by cactus wrenWhat is a lipoma?
A lipoma is a round, moveable lump under the skin (they range from pea-sized to the size of an egg, or even larger sometimes). Technically, lipomas are a type of tumor, but don't be alarmed by the term -- they're benign, which means they aren't cancerous. Lipomas are typically small -- less than one inch in diameter -- but can grow much larger in some cases. They are soft to the touch and if you manipulate yours with your fingers you may notice that it moves around a bit. Lipomas grow in the layer of fatty tissue beneath the skin, most commonly on the chest, back, shoulders, neck, and upper arms and thighs. The good news is that a lipoma is likely to grow very slowly; the bad news is that if you have one lipoma you may develop several
could be this
- 0Mar 8, '03 by kmchughI agree, sounds like it could be a lipoma. Generally, a doc would see that for what it was, and might leave it alone. Most docs I know would be in favor of removing it, but then most docs I know are surgeons. Removal of the lipoma is quick, safe procedure. Since it is large enough to be seen through your shirt, I'd have it removed, just because.
- 0Mar 8, '03 by 2ndCareerRNAs some one who grows lipomas (for whatever reason), I can tell you a little about them.
They are removed surgically. An incision is mde over the lipoma and then it is bluntly dissected and cut away from the surrounding tissue until it is free. The incision is then sutured shut to heal.
Problems with removal of lipomas are like any invasive procedure; bleeding, infection, the wound not healing properly and reopening, a hematoma at the excision site requiring the wound to be reopened and packed daily till fully healed (could be months). Another problem could be excessive scarring if you have keloid skin.
Any family practice, internist or surgeon should be able to remove them. It is a fairly simple procedure.
A question I have always asked myself: What would be worse in this spot, a lump or a scar? If not bothering me, I leave them alone...mainly because of the complications above.