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Lipoma Symptoms & Diagnosis


If you have any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to lipomas. These symptoms may be caused by other conditions. Tell your doctor if you notice a soft lump under your skin. The lump may be:

  • The size of a pea to a grapefruit
  • Painless, but tender to touch
  • Big enough or located in place that causes pain (eg, over a nerve)—This is rare.
  • Painful and red if frequently irritated
  • Frequently tender or painful (certain type of lipoma called angiolipoma)


Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. The diagnosis is usually based on the smoothness, softness, and ease of movement under the skin. If there is doubt, it will be biopsied or imaged.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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