Masses Overview

A mass in the body is a solid lump of body tissue or some other substance. Tumors including benign tumors and cancerous tumors are examples of masses. Any type of mass is obviously of serious concern not merely to determine if cancerous, but also because any mass may press on vital parts of the body, or its formation may indicate an underlying disorder.

One particularly dangerous type of mass is a “pulsating mass” which is characteristic of an aneurysm. For example, a pulsating abdominal mass may be an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Any pulsating movement symptom is a medical emergency due to the risk of a burst aneurysm.

The differential diagnosis for mass includes any type of lump, cyst, tumor, abscess, hypertrophy, hyperplasia, swelling, angioma, aneurysm, and so on.

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