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Southern Medical Journal:
Case Report

Painful Intramuscular Lipoma of the Thigh

Gutknecht, David R. MD

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Abstract

Intramuscular lipomas of the extremities are most often found in the thighs and shoulders. They are usually painless, but described herein is a case of extreme leg pain that was relieved when a lipoma in the thigh was identified and surgically resected.

Key Points

* Deep lipomas may be intermuscular or intramuscular.

* Diagnosis of these benign neoplasms is facilitated by magnetic resonance imaging.

* Most deep lipomas are painless, but severe pain can sometimes occur.

© 2004 Southern Medical Association

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