Parietal pleural lipoma

Case contributed by Dr Domenico Nicoletti

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Male

Chest Radiography showed a homogeneus subpleural tumor shadow right upper lobe.



CT revealed a well circumscribed (-115 HU) in contact with the posterior third rib arc and at an obtuse angle with the chest wall.

Case Discussion

Pleural lipomas originate from the submesothelial parietal pleura and extends into the subpleural, pleura, or extrapleural space. Most patient are asymptomatic and the tumour is usually discovered incidentally on a chest radiography. CT allows a definitive diagnosis when the mass demonstrates a homogeneous fat attenuation (-50 to -150 HU).

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Case information

rID: 27236
Published: 24th Jan 2014
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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