Benigno

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Definición

El término "benigno(a)" se refiere a una afección, tumor o neoplasia que no es cancerosa. Esto significa que no se disemina a otras partes del cuerpo ni tampoco cambia ni destruye tejido cercano. Algunas veces, una afección se denomina benigna para sugerir que no es peligrosa o grave.

En general, un tumor benigno crece en forma lenta y no es dañino. Sin embargo, esto no siempre es así.

Un tumor benigno puede crecer mucho o encontrarse cerca de vasos sanguíneos, el cerebro, nervios u órganos. Como resultado de esto, puede causar problemas sin diseminarse a otra parte del cuerpo. Algunas veces, estos problemas pueden ser serios.

Lo opuesto de benigno es maligno.

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