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. The differential diagnosis for mass includes any type of lump, cyst, tumor, abscess, hypertrophy, hyperplasia, swelling, angioma, and so on.
- Cancer: Cancer is the general class of diseases caused by the body’s own cells reproducing too rapidly. The dividing cells ... More on Cancer »
- Angioma: Angioma is an overgrowth of either blood vessels or lymphatic vessels creating a lump that is usually benign. An overgrowth ... More on Angioma »
- Tumor: A tumor is a solid lump found in body tissue. Tumors need to be classified as either benign tumors (non ... More on Tumor »
- Lumps: There are many possible causes of lumps, and many types of lumps. A lump could be caused by a bruise ... More on Lumps »
- Cyst: A cyst is a small fluid-filled sac under the skin inside the body. A cyst differs from an abscess ... More on Cyst »
- Abscess: An abscess is a lump that is filled with pus. It differs from a cyst, which is full of fluid ... More on Abscess »
- Hyperplasia: Hyperplasia refers to abnormal growth resulting in more body cells. The typical example would be a solid tumor, benign or ... More on Hyperplasia »
- Swelling: Swelling is the body’s response to various types of attacks. Localized swelling may appear in any particular body region ... More on Swelling »
- Abdominal Mass: Abdominal mass refers to a solid mass in the abdominal area. It could be an enlargement of an organ, a ... More on Abdominal Mass »
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