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Unusual giant pleural lipomas: imaging features
  1. Dipin Sudhakaran1,
  2. Sheragaru Hanumanthappa Chandrashekhara1,
  3. Sunil Kumar2 and
  4. Mohamed Sulaiman3
  1. 1Radio Diagnosis, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  2. 2Surgical Oncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  3. 3Pathology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sheragaru Hanumanthappa Chandrashekhara; drchandruradioaiims{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Pleural lipomas are rarely encountered in the thoracic cavity. Sometimes, they infiltrate the intercostal space to have a component on either side of the intercostal space forming a hourglass configuration. They are generally solitary, small and asymptomatic. We present the case of a 49-year-old man with two giant pleural lipomas, both originating from the right parietal pleura, and one of which was passing through the intercostal space giving rise to a hourglass-shaped configuration. When they occur, although benign, considering the evolutionary potential, excision is recommended.

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  • radiology
  • interventional radiology

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  • Contributors Dr DS: conduct and reporting; Dr MS: pathology reporting; Dr SHC: guarantor; Dr SK: treating physician.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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