An intermuscular lipoma is a benign fatty tumour that develops between separate and distinct groups of muscle.
Lipomas that emerge in the subcutaneous layer are the most conspicuous because they create clearly discernable bumps beneath the skin, but intermuscular and intramuscular lipomas occur inside the body, and remain unobtrusive providing that they do not grow beyond their typical proportions.
An intermuscular lipoma develops between muscle groups, whereas an intramuscular lipoma develops within a solitary muscle group.
Although an intermuscular lipoma, the rarest of the fatty tumours, can arise between any muscle groups, the primary location is the muscles found in the anterior portion of the abdominal wall, which includes the abdominal muscles. Because a lipoma is comparatively small, it is virtually impossible to identify by simply feeling the abdomen, especially if there is an overweight or obesity issue. A large intermuscular lipoma may produce symptoms such as muscle aches or shooting pains, which can occur if the lipoma presses on a nerve. Although a lipoma is not life-threatening, if any unusual symptoms do arise, it is still prudent to visit a physician, just to rule out the possibility of other conditions.
An intramuscular lipoma will need a physical examination and x-rays. Blood tests may also be required to confirm that there are no malignant cancer signs.
Following a confirmed lipoma diagnosis, various lipoma treatment options can be discussed. If the lipoma is small and not uncomfortable, then surgical removal is not necessary. This situation may change if subsequent check-ups reveal a growth of the lipoma or if it causes pain. In this instance, lipoma removal surgery may be a viable option.
As the lipoma is positioned between muscle groups, requiring no cutting of muscle, the removal of an intermuscular lipoma is a simple, straightforward surgical procedure. During surgery, the muscle is pushed aside before removing the tumour as one solid piece. Due to the invasive nature of this surgical procedure, a short hospital stay is necessary, and depending on what area of the body is involved, a few days of rest may be needed on returning home.
Lipoma treatment is not limited to invasive surgery or drugs, however, as there are various ways to get rid of lipomas naturally.