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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is traumatic fat necrosis?

Damage to the fat-containing cells under the skin. The most common cause is blunt injury to the area, usually of the breast.

Symptoms of traumatic fat necrosis

  • Lumps under the skin

  • Skin hardening

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Skin depressions, holes or pockmarks

Questions your doctor may ask to check for traumatic fat necrosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose traumatic fat necrosis

  • Do you feel a lump/lumps under your skin?

  • Do you have hardening of the skin?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

  • Do you have areas of skin that are sunken in/depressed?

Treatment for traumatic fat necrosis

This condition usually improves by itself. Gentle massage and a warm compress may help with pain relief. Medications like painkillers may be useful too.

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  • Akyol M, Kayali A, Yildirim N. Traumatic fat necrosis of male breast. Clin Imaging. 2013 Sep-Oct;37(5):954-6. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2013.05.009. Epub 2013 Jul 11. PMID: 23849832.

  • Moir PJ. TRAUMATIC FAT NECROSIS OF THE BREAST. Br Med J. 1929 Apr 6;1(3561):640-1. doi: 10.1136/bmj.1.3561.640-a. PMID: 20774594; PMCID: PMC2450553.

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