Skin Tumors (Lipoma)
A lipoma is a growth of fat cells in a thin, fibrous capsule usually found just below the skin. Lipomas aren’t cancer and don’t turn into cancer. They are found most often on the torso, neck, upper thighs, upper arms, and armpits, but they can occur almost anywhere in the body. One or more lipomas may be present at the same time. Lipomas are the most common noncancerous soft tissue growth.
The cause of lipomas is not completely understood, but the tendency to develop them is inherited. A minor injury may trigger the growth. Being overweight does not cause lipomas.
Lipomas are usually not treated because most of them don’t hurt or cause problems. We may order an imaging test, such as an ultrasound, or we might remove the lipoma if it is painful, gets infected, or bothers you.
Thyroid and Parathyroid Ultrasound
A thyroid and parathyroid ultrasound is a type of imaging test. It checks the thyroid gland and parathyroid glands. A thyroid ultrasound can help measure the size and shape of the thyroid gland, but it can’t tell how well the thyroid gland is working. Ultrasound also may be used to check the four parathyroid glands that lie behind or next to the thyroid.
A thyroid ultrasound can usually show the difference between a solid thyroid gland nodule and a simple fluid-filled sac (cyst). A thyroid ultrasound may also be used to keep track of the size of the thyroid gland during treatment for a thyroid problem. Normal parathyroid glands are often hard to see on ultrasound and they can’t be felt during a physical exam, but abnormal parathyroid glands may be enlarged and easily seen by ultrasound.
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