Difference between a Cyst and a Lipoma

It’s not uncommon that lipomas and cysts can be mixed up by an unexperienced physician. Especially if the diagnosis is made in haste. A cyst is filled with fluid and is inflamed whereas a lipoma consists of fat cells and is not inflamed. A cyst is also located very close to the surface of the skin and can be “popped” open (be careful to keep out of the way of the trajectory!). A lipoma can’t be popped and needs to be surgically removed by an experienced caregiver or specialist.

Here is a video showing a very large cyst. Not the most tasteful of video but an educational one never the less. Leave comments below!

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