Pleural lipoma

Case contributed by Dr Jan Frank Gerstenmaier


This patient presented to the ED with nonspecific abdominal pain.

Patient Data

Age: 55
Gender: Male

Erect chest radiograph to look for free gas under the diaphragm

No free gas under the diaphragm. In the right midzone, there is a sharply circumscribed peripheral lesion forming obtuse angles with the chest wall. Lungs are clear. Visible bones appear normal.


CT chest

Performed to investigate the lesion seen on chest radiograph (considered incidental)

Findings are in keeping with a pleural lipoma. No pneumoperitoneum.

Case Discussion

As is usually the case, this pleural lipoma was incidentally found on chest radiograph.

No follow up was recommended.

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Case information

rID: 21879
Published: 23rd Feb 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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