By Gary M. White, MD
The lipoma is a benign, soft fatty tumor usually occurring just below the skin.
- It is often bounded by a thin, fibrous capsule.
- See also subgaleal.
A soft, subcutaneous nodule ranging from 1 to many centimeters is typical. There is no pore as with an epidermal inclusion cyst. Lesions may occur anywhere.
If the diagnosis is certain, no treatment is needed. If the lesion is large enough to bother the patient or there is concern about the diagnosis, surgical excision may be done. Some have recommended the "narrow-hole extrusion technique" which involves removal of the lipoma through a hole made by a 6 mm punch [SkinAllergyNews Dec 99;14].
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