Does lipomas leak any fluid that have a bad smell to it?
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Lipoma removal in Los Angeles
Your lipoma may be an infected cyst or some other type of subcutaneous lesion. I would have it reevaluated.
Lipoma vs infection
Hi. Thank you for your question. Those are definitely not the symptoms of a lipoma. It seems to be a different pathologic type like a sebaceous cyst or even an infection of soft tissue. It`s important that you consult with a certified plastic surgeon so he can examine you and solve your problem as soon as possible before it proceeds.
Leaking fluid following lipoma removal
Seromas often happen where lipomas once were. This is a healthy fluid collection created by the body, that is similar to the fluid that would be found in a blister if you had your shoe rub an area of your foot. After lipoma removal, there may be some melted or dying fat as well that makes the fluid oily/greasy and may have an odor to it. Old blood may also make it rusty and create a metallic odor also. All of this should improve fairly quickly in days to weeks. If the area is worsening, becoming warmer, redder, more painful, or if the wound edges are "unsticking" there may be a need to evaluate you for infection of the site. If you have yet to have any surgery or procedures, the skin can make wax-filled cysts that can become infected and rupture with cloudy fluid or pus that smells bad like sweaty socks. If these areas keep coming back again and again, you may need more definitive treatment to remove these areas.
If there are several areas, especially near the armpits or groin, this may be related to a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa which a doctor would need to examine you to diagnose and suggest treatment options.
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This is not a lipoma, which have no smell. It is much more likely a sebaceous cyst, which can look and feel like a lipoma, but smell when they leak. Your family physician should be able to tell you what to do, and surgical excision is usually very simple. Regards, Dr Steve Merten, Sydney, Australia
#Lipoma - Does lipomas leak any fluid
Lipomas are fatty lumps that are generally nontender but can cause pain in certain locations or when growing. They are benign if they are indeed lipomas. A rare malignancy called sarcoma is occasionally mistaken for a benign lipoma. These masses do not smell or drain unless they become infected which is rare. Epidermoid or sebaceous cysts which are subcutaneous masses sometimes mistaken for lipomas can become infected and rupture. They can be very foul smelling and are best treated by removal once the infection has resolved.
Do lipomas leak fluid that smells bad?
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