Man Has To Live With Giant Lipoma On His Neck

One of the most serious cases of lipoma in years has recently came to public attention in a story published by The Sun. The tumor has a huge size. Actually, the massive tumor encircles the patient’s neck. And the most shocking thing about this story is that the man in cause has to live with this tumor, as he cannot afford paying for medical help.

Wang Zhixiang is suffering from lipoma, which is still a benign growth. The tumor is a soft lump formed below the skin. This lipoma is caused by an overgrowth of fat cells, as doctors claimed in Wang’s case. And that is not all. The tumor tends to spread around his body, affecting his back, legs, arms and stomach, too. Removing it as soon as possible is a must, but unfortunately Wang cannot afford to pay for the medical intervention.

Why has the huge size lipoma developed? According to Wang Zhixiang the tumor probably is a result of a hormone therapy he received back in 2005, after an accident he unfortunately suffered. As in most cases, lipomas are not harmful and do not tend to grow, no medical interventions are required. However, when lipomas tend to grow and become quite large, as the case for Wang Zhixiang, they need to be removed.

The growth is now 30 centimeters wide, but Wang Zhixiang, from Jilin city, Jilin province in China, must live with it. Even though the tumor is not cancerous, this is one of the most obvious cases in which lipoma has to be removed. As the tumor continues to grow, it will most likely affect Wang’s mobility, which already is quite limited. Living with such a tumor seems absolutely impossible and not only really shocking.

Hopefully, Wang Zhixiang will be able to raise the needed sum of money to have the medical intervention performed before new complications are developed.

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Lipoma on Neck – What you Should Know

Lipoma on Neck – What you Should Know

Neck lipoma
Anatomy (Source: http://global.britannica.com )

One of the most common and concerning types of lipomas are ones located in the neck area. There are 2 major reasons for this:

  1. They can be a cosmetic concern (they are visible to everyone unless you cover your neck)
  2. They can grow and place pressure on vital structures in the neck (See figures)

If you suspect a lump on your neck, the first thing to do is consult your doctor. A lump can be any number of things including a malignant tumor (cancer) so its important to get an accurate diagnosis before taking any form of treatment. Once you have a diagnosis (and confirmed it via a second doctor to be sure) and it does turn out to be a lipoma, it will really depend on the size and location on the neck as to the appropriate course of action.

If the lipoma is small and a cosmetic concern, your doctor may suggest surgical removal. Although be aware that there are risks involved in surgical removal of lipomas. If the lipoma is larger a liposuction maybe advised. Ultimately, you caregiver will be able to make the best decision for you on the appropriate course of action and its important you consult with them. Just be aware that remove a lipoma for cosmetic reasons may not be covered by your insurer, so you way want to craft your case in a way that will allow insurance coverage.

Lipoma on Neck
Anatomy (Source: http://global.britannica.com)

Be also aware that lipomas can develop for any number of reasons and some of those are lifestyle, stress, diet, exercise etc. Its important that your read up on natural remedies that can be performed in order to treat and prevent lipoma. We can some posts on this website regarding this topic. Lipoma formation in some is very much due to environment (eg. the food we eat, the things we do) so being aware of factors that could bring on lipoma formation and factors that could suppress lipoma formation may help you a lot and avoid expensive and stressful (and potentially harmful) surgical procedures. Your doctor should be able to provide you with advice on this topic and if not, be vigilant and search the web for information.

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