The Doctors: Man Living With Mysterious Bumps For 20 Years

The Doctors: Mysterious Lumps All Over Body

The Doctors introduced a man named Sean who hated going to the doctor because he lived with bumps and lumps for over 20 years. He learned to accept it, but his wife was growing concerned. Sean first noticed them sophomore year in high school, and said some are soft but some are hard. They can get irritated and sore, and they’ve grown in size and number over the years. He’s seen several doctors who have told him it’s calcium or a cyst, but no one is sure what it is. He wanted to see Dr Sonia Batra in hopes of finding some real answers.

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The Doctors: Build-Up Of Fat Cells All Over Body

The Doctors: Man Living With Mysterious Bumps For 20 Years

One man turned to Dr Sonia Batra for help after being unable to identify strange lumps all over his body for more than 20 years. (thirteenofclubs / Flickr)

Dr Batra asked about any injuries, and Sean explained that he did talk to a doctor about when he would play sports, and Dr Batra explained that sometimes when a fat cell is injured a certain way, a fat cell can multiply. Dr Batra thought it could be a thyroid disease where calcium is depositing, which can be dangerous. She was alarmed because of the size of the lumps on his body, with one even being 5 cm. He ordered a CT scan to find out if they were calcified, as well as blood tests and biopsies. As soon as she did the biopsy, Dr Batra could tell there was a build-up of fat cells, but agreed to look further.

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Dr Batra joined the show and explained that imaging study showed no calcification which was good. Blood tests showed that his calcium, phosphate and kidney function were normal. With the biopsy, she found that they were looking at benign growths of fatty tissue. There are three treatments available for Sean to remove them without surgery, but because they’re benign, he can live with them if he wanted to.

The Doctors sent Sean to Henry Ford Health Systems in order to come up with an appropriate treatment plan.

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