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

Modality: X-ray

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

Modality: CT

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
Case created: 23rd Feb 2013
Last edited: 24th Jan 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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