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Br J Radiol. 2004 Jan;77(913):60-2.

Peripheral intrapulmonary lipoma: a rare lung neoplasm.

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  • 1Radiology Department, James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW, UK.

Abstract

Lipomas are common benign tumours, but intrathoracic lipomas are rare and peripheral lung lipomas exceptionally rare. Seven cases--all in men--have been described in the world literature, diagnosed after thoracotomy and excision. We report a case of a peripheral intrapulmonary lipoma in a woman presenting as an opacity on a routine chest radiograph. The CT characteristics and the finding of the same lesion on reviewing a barium enema film from 12 years earlier allowed a confident diagnosis, avoiding the need for surgical excision. This is the first reported case of peripheral lung lipoma in a woman and highlights the value of reviewing previous radiographs.

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