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Unusual giant pleural lipomas: imaging features

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.

  • cancer - see oncology
  • radiology
  • interventional radiology

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