This my today's @actifit report. It is also the #iamalivechallenge post of today. I am alive challenge is an initiative started by @flaxz. It feels good to take part in the daily challenge. As usual, I am going to divide my post into 4 sections. Hope that you will enjoy the post 😀
History of a patient with a lipoma:
Today morning one middle-aged Omani patient came to my chamber. He noticed a lump or mass in this left flank area for the last 2-3 months. According to him, it was almost the same size, i.e. it wasn’t increasing in size rapidly. He also didn’t tell me about having pain in that area unless it was grabbed firmly. He didn’t have any other similar lumps in other body parts.
I examined the lump. It was just under the skin. It was non-tender on palpation. The overlying skin condition was normal.
My provisional diagnosis was “A lipoma”.
He also thought it was a lipoma. He basically came to remove it surgically. As I don’t do surgery, I told him to go to a surgeon for the surgery (if he wants). I also said that surgery wasn’t mandatory. He could just let it be. Because it was an innocent tumour; nothing to worry about it.
Take-home messages (based on today's patient's diagnosis)
A lipoma is quite a common skin condition seen in the general population.
It is a benign tumour, i.e. non-cancerous, of fat of the skin.
It is found as soft, non-tender masses under the skin.
In most of the cases, lipomas are seen in more than one place of the body.
Most common places of the body where a lipoma is seen: Trunk, Neck, and upper extremities.
Treatment: Removal by surgery (if needed).
Oxford Handbook of general practice; page 627
Why am I grateful to Allah (the God)?
Because I am alive for another day. Alhamdulillah.
Because I don't have any lipoma in my body, like my patient. Alhamdulillah.
Because Allah has made me a doctor, not a patient (yet) like the Omani. Alhamdulillah.
Who am I?