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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi I have a lump on my back that I am concerned about
User :   ping
Doctor :   hello
User :   Hi...
Doctor :   i am Dr XXX here
User :   I am a 36 year old male, relatively overweight 105kg but very physically active
Doctor :   tell me your query
User :   I have a lump on my back about the size of a tennis ball 1/3 slice
User :   about midway up on my right side about 5cm from spine under should blade
Doctor :   may i know your age please
Doctor :   and gender
User :   like I said , 36 year old male
User :   it has the consistency of a balloon and is not painful when pushed
User :   Hi Dr XXX
User :   Hello
User :   Dr XXX, I'm paying by time and I'm not getting any response. Are you speaking to someone else
Doctor :   sorry we just had a technical problem
User :   no problem
User :   do you have the full conversation
Doctor :   yes we have
User :   ok
User :   Any ideas? The skin on top is normal
Doctor :   is it painful ?
User :   no
User :   I think it has only appeared in the last 6 months or less
Doctor :   have you gained or lost weight recently
Doctor :   ?
User :   I have gained some, about 5kg.... was doing triathlons and stopped with the birth of my 2nd daughter
User :   she is 11 weeks... I have another daughter 2.5 years who I carry up and down the stairs in one arm every morning
User :   don't know if that could have an influence..
Doctor :   just a lump with no other symptoms esp in the back area it could be what we call as a lipoma
User :   what type of symptoms should I look out for ... danger wise
Doctor :   its a accumulation of fat tissue
Doctor :   Lipomas are removed for the following reasons: User :   ok. understand what a lipoma, if it is how can I resolve it... and what should I look out for that may indicate it to be something else
Doctor :   Cosmetic reasons
Doctor :   To evaluate their histology, particularly when liposarcomas must be ruled out
Doctor :   When they cause symptoms
Doctor :   you need to get a minor biopsy done and thet will rule out the cause
User :   so if I understand correctly, if there is no pain, no irritation of the skin then should not need to consult a specialist
Doctor :   is it growing in size ?
User :   well didn't notice a smaller version of it, it was just suddenly there
User :   I'll have to monitor it to determine if the size is changing
Doctor :   yes thats one of the important issue
Doctor :   but usually its just a benign growth
User :   I'm still doing gym and playing squash... that should be fine yes?
Doctor :   absolutely
Doctor :   as long as you are fit and healthy with no medical problems its nothing to worry about
User :   sweet. So, recommendation is... monitor size... if it changes, seek specialist
User :   if it gets painful... seek specialist
User :   otherwise continue as normal
User :   Is there anything non-surgical I can do to resolve it?
Doctor :   any abnormal growth we want to see the color changes . or any pain , and increasing in size ?
User :   ok
Doctor :   surgery is usually done for cosmetic reasons
User :   can massage remove it?
User :   heat lamp?
User :   ultrasonic treatment?
User :   sorry one thing Dr XXX, are you XXX based?
Doctor :   you can massage it to improve the circulation
Doctor :   i am based in Bangalore India
User :   OK.
Doctor :   all these are not very necessary its its just a lipoma
User :   Ok, many thanks
Doctor :   your most welcome
User :   I appreciate your time. And you are a qualified practicing doctor yes?
Doctor :   sorry about the technical problem we had
User :   with knowledge of these areas...
User :   no problem
Doctor :   yes i am a qualified general physician
User :   ok. many thanks. have a good evening, or early morning
Doctor :   thank you
Doctor :   take care
User :   you too
Doctor :   bye
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