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Do Lipomas Contain Blood Vessels? (photo)

My husband has a lump on his upper right back. He had an MRI and the report noted that it could be a lipoma but that it has blood vessels in it so a malignant tumor can't be excluded. He is going to have it removed and have a biopsy. Can benign lipomas contain blood vessels?

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Lipomas

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All structures within the body contain blood vessels. Even benign lipomas have a central feeding vessel

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Lipoma removal and biopsy

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Lipomas can incorporate around blood vessels, and this may lead to the confusion. The vascularity of the lipoma or suspicious lump is not as reliable as a true biopsy and pathologic examination. 

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Lipomas

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Yes lipomas can have blood vessels, they are called angiolipomas, they are benign.

However the lipoma should be removed and biobsied for final diagnosis

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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