Pleural lipoma

Rebecca Lindell

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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
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9780511977701
ISBN (Print)9780521119078
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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