Case Report: PDF OnlyIntramural Lipoma of the EsophagusWang, Chien-Ying; Hsu, Han-Shui; Wu, Yu-Chung; Huang, Min-Hsiung; Hsu, Wen-Hu*Author Information Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, and National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. *Correspondence to: Dr. Wen-Hu Hsu, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, 201, Section 2, Shih-Pai Road, Taipei 112, Taiwan, R.O.C. E-mail: [email protected] Received: July 19, 2004 • Accepted: November 26, 2004 Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: May 2005 - Volume 68 - Issue 5 - p 240-243 doi: 10.1016/S1726-4901(09)70216-3 Metrics Abstract Lipomas of the gastrointestinal tract are rare, and those of the esophagus are extremely rare. Indeed, fewer than 20 resected cases of esophageal lipoma have been reported in the literature. In the current case, a 71-year-old man presented with a 4-month history of a slight swallowing disturbance in the upper chest. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed a submucosal space-occupying mass, with normal mucosa, in the upper third of the thoracic esophagus; the mass was yellowish in color, soft in consistency, and about 3.5 × 3.0 cm in diameter. The patient underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic enucleation of the submucosal esophageal tumor, which pathologically, was proved to be a lipoma. © 2005 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.