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.
- Cancer: Cancer is the general class of diseases caused by the body’s own cells reproducing too rapidly. The dividing cells
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- Aneurysm: An aneurysm is a life-threatening disorder of an artery. It occurs where the wall of the artery has become
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- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a balloon-like swelling (aneurysm) occurring in the aorta (aortic aneurysm), that occurs in
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- Medical Emergency Conditions: A medical emergency requires immediate professional medical care, with the calling of ambulance or other emergency services. Emergency first aid
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- Angioma: Angioma is an overgrowth of either blood vessels or lymphatic vessels creating a lump that is usually benign. An overgrowth
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- Angioedema: Angioedema is a swelling under the skin that can occur in various locations. It is different from hives (urticaria), but
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- Tumor: A tumor is a solid lump found in body tissue. Tumors need to be classified as either benign tumors (non
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- Pulsating: If an area of the body is pulsating, or there is a “pulsating mass” or “pulsating tumor”, one of the
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- Lumps: There are many possible causes of lumps, and many types of lumps. A lump could be caused by a bruise
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- Cyst: A cyst is a small fluid-filled sac under the skin inside the body. A cyst differs from an abscess
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