What are lipomas?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Lipomas are the most common subcutaneous soft tissue tumors, with an annual incidence of nearly 1 in 1000 persons. Lipomas are benign aggregates of slowly growing adipocytes. These tumors usually occur on the trunk and extremities but can occur anywhere on the body. Solitary lesions are the most common, but multiple lesions can occur, with higher frequency in young males.

A lipoma is shown in the image below.

Subepidermal benign lesion: Lipoma of posterior ne Subepidermal benign lesion: Lipoma of posterior neck.

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