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Lipoma Radiology

last modified on: Tue, 02/20/2024 - 08:46

see also: Liposarcoma RadiologyParotid Lipoma-like Liposarcoma (Salivary Swelling, Parotidectomy and Margin control re-excision with 10 year followup) - Clinical case example

  • Benign soft tissue tumors (Priya et al. 2020)
  • In the head and neck region, most common locations are cheek and tongue (Priya et al. 2020)
  • Composed of mature adipose cells without cellular atypia (Priya et al. 2020)
  • Clinical presentation: stable or slow growing mass, usually < 5 cm in diameter, superficially located (Barisella et al. 2020)
  • Increased size can lead to aerodigestive problems (Priya et al. 2020)
  • CT: smooth mass between -23 and -140 Hounsfield units, may appear lobulated (Barisella et al. 2020)
  • MRI: T1: hyperintense lesion; T2: reduction in intensity; fat saturation sequences: signal void (Barisella et al. 2020)


Barisella M, Giannini L, Piazza C. From head and neck lipoma to liposarcoma: a wide spectrum of differential diagnoses and their therapeutic implications. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Apr;28(2):136-143. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000608. PMID: 32011399.

Priya M, Doomra S, Angral S, Malhotra M, Varshney S, Gupta MK, Bhardwaj A. Head and Neck Lipomas at Uncommon Subsites: A Series of Four Cases. Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 Oct;74(Suppl 2):1845-1849. doi: 10.1007/s12070-020-01866-1. Epub 2020 Apr 30. PMID: 36452686; PMCID: PMC9702117.