Intramuscular Lipoma – What you Should Know

Intramuscular Lipoma are Frequently Confused with Sarcomas.

Intramuscular LipomaIntramuscular lipoma is a very rare form of lipoma occurring in about 1% of all reported lipoma cases (reference) . However, it can be one of the most painful lipomas to have as it infiltrates and grows in the muscle tissue. Due to its tendency to conceal itself deep in muscle tissue, it is hard to properly diagnose and even more difficult to differentiate from other tumors like a sarcoma – which is a life threatening malignant cancer (Differences explained here). It is very important that if intramuscular lipoma is suspected, that a frozen biopsy is performed for analysis. A recent study that retrospectively analyzed intramuscular lipoma cases, explain that a radiological test is not sufficient to differentiate the lipoma from a sarcoma (reference).

It is also important to note that intramuscular lipomas have a very high recurrence rate, meaning they can reappear after surgery. This recurrence rate can be as high as 80%. Due to their ability to cause pain and discomfort in the adjacent muscle tissue, intramuscular lipomas are one of the more undesirable lipomas to have growing in your body.

It is not clear why these types of intramuscular lipomas develop but there are many theories to their appearance which include metaplasia, trauma, chronic irritation, and congenital development. If you happened on this webpage looking for detailed information about intramuscular lipomas, I suggest you go over to PubMed and read this free full-version review on the topic: Treatment for Intramuscular Lipoma Frequently Confused with Sarcoma: A 6-Year Restrospective Study and Literature Review 

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Lipoma Scientific Publications on the Rise

After a casual scientific literature scan of some of the more recent scientific publications for lipoma related studies I noticed a promising trend of increased publication in the field of lipoma. Below you will see a graph which i plotted using (cool software!) showing yearly publication numbers related to lipoma since the year 1886. You can see a clear increase in publications with a record number in 2013 of 400 peer-reviewed scientific publication for lipoma related studies. That’s more the one a day! For those awaiting a cure, these are promising statistics. I will be reporting on some of the more noteworthy studies in recent years so check back at or join my newsletter to not miss out on important updates.

Mobile App for Lipoma Diagnosis

New Mobile App for Lipoma Diagnosis

Mobile app for lipomaA mobile phone application may soon be available, which you can install on your smart phone and use to diagnose a lipoma or other skin disorders and cancers. It is being developed by Students at the School of Medical Science and Technology at IIT Kharagpur in India and is expected to help physicians and clinicians diagnose skin conditions and lumps in remote areas. It is especially useful in countries like India and Africa for example.

The application ‘ClipOCam-Derma’, can be installed on any smart phone, and is led by research scholar Debdoot Sheet. The mobile app, is expected to launch to market after regulatory approval. In addition to the application, the technology also comes with a clip-on device which illuminates the patient’s skin using a colourful flash and take many photos which then are automatically uploaded to the cloud for analysis by experts. Once processed, an accurate (99% accuracy is claimed) can be given.

The app have the ability to screen skin disorders like cancers, psoriasis, scaling, keratinisation, melanoma, inflammation, ulcers, lipoma, healing and non-healing wounds, and heavy-metal induced dysplasia, all of which may or may not be evidently visible on the surface.

The inventors hope to sell the app in time to hospitals and health service providers starting in India. Its application is international, especially for countries like Africa.

You can read the source of this news here.

Lipoma and Self Esteem

Lipoma and Self Esteem

Lipoma on FaceDo you have a lipoma on a highly visible part of your body that is hard to conceal in day-to-day life? Is this lipoma affecting your self-esteem and causing you to act in ways you would prefer not to act? Is it having an effect on your performance at work, at home or maybe even in a new relationship you cherish very much?

Well, let me tell you that you are not alone! Millions of people around the world feel what you are feeling to some degree. Some are unfortunate and have a lipoma on their face or neck, which is highly noticeable. Some are more lucky and their lipoma maybe on their back or abdomen, but this causes behavioral issues when at the beach or in a swimsuit.

Unsightly lipomas on your face can have a huge impact on someones self esteem. If this is the case for you, you need to talk to your doctor and ask for the best remedy available to you that is going to help you rid yourself of that lipoma. You can for example opt for treatment methods that minimize the chance of any scaring, like a steroid injection, liposuction or even surgery by a very experienced surgeon. Modern medicine does have many options when it comes to lipoma removal, especially if it’s the odd one lipoma on your body. If you suffer from many lipomas, the situation maybe much more complex.

Someone with multiple lipomas has a pre-disposition to developing lipomas and removing them can sometime be futile as they either grow back or form somewhere else. For these unlucky lipoma predisposed people, natural holistic remedies could be worth a try. There are many accounts of people showing the positive effects of natural remedies against lipomas. Chinese medicine or alternative medicine takes a much more holistic approach to treating health and many believe that lipomas are formed because of imbalances in the body. These imbalances cause organs like the liver and kidneys, that are very important in detoxifying the body, to not do their job properly and as a result, lipomas form in areas under the skin or even internally close to vital organs.

If this imbalance in not addressed (the cause of the lipoma) and only the symptoms are treated (removing the lipoma by surgery for example) then you are not addressing the cause but only treating the symptoms. This can result in more lipomas forming or removed lipomas growing back in the same area.

I recently wrote a review to a very well written guide on holistic natural treatments for lipoma which you can read here.

So to sum it up, you do have choices and consulting your doctor is a wise first step to becoming lipoma free (at least in those visually important places on your body). I hope this post will help you in taking action to get your lipoma treated. Let us all know how it goes with any comments below!

Lipoma Removal Surgery

Lipoma Removal Surgery performed in public right on TV! Easy enough right? Are you thinking of having a lipoma removed by surgery for the first time? This video could help you get prepared for this procedure. It might look a bit “off-putting” but that’s just the nature of having someone cut open the skin. What the video does show well is that lipoma removal by surgery is actually a quick, easy and hopefully painless procedure if the anesthetic was applied correctly, which should be a give by an experienced caregiver or surgeon. So take a look at the video and get mentally prepared for your surgery.