What is the presentation of lipomas?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Lipomas present as soft, rubbery masses that can sometimes be well-circumscribed and other times have indistinct palpable borders. They are usually not painful or tender, unless they grow to compress an underlying nerve. They are noncompressible and do not transluminate, making them easily distinguishable from a fluid-filled cyst. Most lipomas appear to be small, smooth protuberances of the skin (1-2 cm), but they can present larger than 20 cm in diameter and up to several kilograms.


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