What is it?

Benign neoplasm of soft tissue, or benign soft tissue tumors are tumors that can grow within and between muscles, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. These tumors differ greatly in their characteristics and appearance. Lipoma, angiolipoma, fibroma, benign fibrous histiocytoma, neurofibroma, schwannoma, neurilemmoma, hemangioma, giant cell tumor of tendon sheath, and myxoma are the most common benign soft tissue tumors. Usually, it is not an inherited condition. The most common benign neoplasm of soft tissue is lipoma which is growth of fat tissue under the skin. Like other benign neoplasms of soft tissue, it may appear on many locations- torso, arms, shoulders, neck and more.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Schwannoma
- Benign Neoplasm of Soft Tissue of Leg
- Benign Neoplasm of Soft Tissue of Abdomen
- Benign Neoplasm of Soft Tissue of Arm
- Benign Neoplasm of Trunk
- Benign Neoplasm of Soft Tissue

Signs & symptoms

Benign soft tissue tumors may sometimes cause pain, but also may not. Usually it is a painless bulge which grows slowly over the years.


Benign soft tissue tumors are usually diagnosed on a physical examination followed by MRI scans which can help identify the location and internal characteristics. Sometimes, a biopsy must be taken to examination in order to confirm the lesion is benign.


Treatment may include surgical removal, steroid injection, orthotic devices, physical therapy, radiation therapy, laser surgery and others.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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