Pleural lipoma

Rebecca Lindell

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Abstract

Imaging description Pleural lipomas are benign, rare, and asymptomatic tumors [1]. The pleural location and fat content of a pleural lipoma is not always identifiable on chest radiographs [1]. CT will show a well-defined, homogeneous, fat attenuation mass (HU less than –50) with obtuse margins along the pleura, which displaces adjacent pulmonary parenchyma [1, 2] [Figures 66.1–66.4]. Pleural lipomas are hyperintense on T1-weighted images and moderately intense on T2-weighted images on MRI [1]. Importance A pleural lipoma is usually inconsequential but may present a diagnostic dilemma on radiographs and, rarely, CT as they must be distinguished from other causes of a nodule or mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPearls and Pitfalls in Thoracic Imaging
Subtitle of host publicationVariants and Other Difficult Diagnoses
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages176-177
Number of pages2
Volume9780521119078
ISBN (Electronic)9780511977701
ISBN (Print)9780521119078
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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    Lindell, R. (2011). Pleural lipoma. In Pearls and Pitfalls in Thoracic Imaging: Variants and Other Difficult Diagnoses (Vol. 9780521119078, pp. 176-177). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511977701.067