matt wrote:Dear Guest,
yes, your decription of brain lipoma is very general. I do not know whether it has anything to do with other lipomas but I would anxious to think so as it has the word "lipoma" in it. Or are medical doctors so stupid they call everykind of a lump as a lipoma?
I do appreciate you posting but your style of delivering the message is very authorative which in my case needs some backing up and referencies. I do think the level of doctors knowlidge varies as does the doctors own opinions about their knowlidge.
I hope you aren't so immature in everything that you have to rely on professionals everytime? I mean sometimes you can actually repair your car by yourself as well as your computer. This is especially true if you know more about the situation than the pro, don't you think?
Matt: There are actually different names for each of these "lipomas" but I agree with you that the term "lipoma" is overused to the point of causing confusion. Doctors would say "adiposis dolorosa" or "dercum's syndrome" whereas the patient would come on to this board and say "I have lipomas". For "lipoma on the brain", doctors would probably call that something like "congenital intercranial lipoma". Most but not all common lipomatosis would fall under "familial multiple lipomatosis". So yes, the word lipoma is used too broadly even by doctors, but patients writing on this board make this even worse by using "lipoma" without the more specific name.
For "lipoma on the brain": there is no mutation. The "tumor" is present at birth. It is not a disorder of mitotic control. The brain does not develop properly in the womb. Do you see how this is unrelated to common lipomatosis?
I almost never repair my own car. I replaced the car battery myself one time, but even in that case I had previously had an auto mechanic tell me there was a battery weakness so in that case when it later went bad I knew it was not a problem with the voltage regulator, or the alternator, or some sort of short circuit power drain. So when the battery later failed, I replaced it myself. But the electronics are so complex that in most cases I would have no way of diagnosing it myself. Why would I presume to know more than an auto mechanic about car repair?
I don't know what type of doctors people are seeing, but I am very surprised that they apparently know nothing about lipomatosis.
Maybe it is just a communication problem. Maybe in some countries the medical education regarding lipomatosis is lacking. Or maybe this is just a biased sample--people who happened to see bad doctors tend to end up on this board, whereas people how see decent doctors have less reason to follow this board.