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Pain Management

Lipoma Tumor and Pain

07/20/2007

Question:

Ive had a small lipoma tumor on my left shoulder for a couple of years. In the past six month it has been growing to the size of almost a large grape fruit, and is tender to the touch. I am also experiencing a lot of pain in my left arm am getting muscle spasm. to the point that I have limited use of my arm and I am left handed. Is the pain I am experiencing from the lipoma? Could this tumor be touching a muscle or nerve? Is this possible? Thank You.

Answer:

It all depends where in the shoulder the tumor is located. It is possible that the lipoma is the cause of the pain, though usually it is painless. However, the fact that it grew rapidly over the past few months may be concerning and you should seek care with your physician for both the tumor growth and the arm pain.

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Response by:

Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University