Buffalo hump; Dorsocervical fat pad
If the hump is caused by a certain medicine, your doctor may tell you to stop taking the drug or change your dosage. Never stop taking any medicine without first talking to your doctor.
Diet and exercise can help you to lose weight and may relieve some humps due to extreme obesity.
Call your health care provider if
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have an unexplained hump behind the shoulders.
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Your doctor will perform a
- What medications do you take?
- How old are you?
- Have you been checked for
- What other symptoms do you have?
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
Bone mineral density test
- Complete blood count
Cortisol - blood Cortisol - urine CT or MRI scan of the head
CT of the abdomenand adrenal glands Dexamethasone suppression test X-rays of the chest
Treatment will be aimed at the problem that caused the fat to develop in the first place.
Review Date: 10/18/2009
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.