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Spindle Cell Lipoma of the Mediastinum: A Differential Consideration for Liposarcoma

Oaks, Jason MD*; Margolis, Daniel Jason Aaron MD

doi: 10.1097/01.rti.0000179474.92618.79
Case Reports—Pulmonary

Spindle cell lipoma is a benign lesion most commonly found on the posterior neck and shoulders. It shares many imaging characteristics with liposarcoma, including the presence of adipose and soft tissue elements. Although its benign nature precludes the necessity of surgical resection for treatment, surgery is often required for tissue diagnosis. We report a case of spindle cell lipoma arising in the anterior mediastinum.

*Tulane University School of Medicine

Department of Radiology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Daniel Margolis is supported by NIH grant 5T32 CA09695-13.

Reprints: Daniel Jason Aaron Margolis, MD, Division of Abdominal Imaging, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Box 951721, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1721 (e-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.