What are challenges to the removal of lipomas?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Todd A Nickloes, DO, FACOS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Tumors can usually be enucleated. They may recur if not properly removed, which should include removal of the capsule. Hibernomas tend to be highly vascular. Lipomas in other locations may present unique difficulties during removal; for example, in a person presenting with a frontalis-associated subfascial lipoma as a protruding mass on the lateral forehead, the lipoma may be difficult to dissect because of the highly vascular muscle that invests it. Lipomas of the GI tract can frequently be shelled out of their submucosal location.


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