What are the signs and symptoms of soft-tissue tumors?

Updated: Dec 03, 2018
  • Author: Vinod B Shidham, MD, FRCPath; Chief Editor: Omohodion (Odion) Binitie, MD  more...
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A mass is the most common sign of a soft-tissue tumor. It usually is painless and does not cause limb dysfunction. However, depending on the anatomic location of the tumor, it may cause pain or neurologic symptoms by compressing or stretching nerves, by irritating overlying bursae, or by expanding sensitive structures. A rapid rate of increase in the size of a mass should arouse suspicion that the lesion is malignant.


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