The approach used for the diagnosis of a lipoma will depend on its location and characteristics. Superficial cutaneous lipomas can often be diagnosed on history and physical examination alone. With lesions in other locations, imaging tests and biopsy may be required. Careful consideration of the differential diagnoses is important, particularly the possibility of liposarcoma.
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