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Gastric Lipoma: A Review of the Literature

Chagarlamudi, Kaushik, BS*; Devita, Robert, MD*; Barr, Richard G., MD, PhD*†

doi: 10.1097/RUQ.0000000000000338
Review Article

Gastric lipoma is a rare benign tumor of the stomach. The imaging characteristics are diagnostic because the lesion has fat attenuation on computed tomography and demonstrates characteristics of fat on magnetic resonance images. On ultrasound, the lesion can be identified as a lesion hypoechoic to the gastric mucosa that is soft, but the mass cannot be displaced with compression. Identifying these imaging characteristics can prevent biopsy or surgery in asymptomatic patients. Although this lesion is benign, it can cause gastric obstruction.

*Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown; and

Southwoods Imaging, Youngstown, Ohio.

Received for publication November 26, 2017; accepted December 5, 2017.

RGB has the following disclosures: research grants from Siemens Ultrasound, Philips Ultrasound, SuperSonic Imagine, B and K Ultrasound, GE Ultrasound, and Bracco Diagnostics. Speakers Bureau for Philips Ultrasound, Lantheus Medical, and Bracco Diagnostics. Advisor Panel for Lantheus Medical and Bracco Diagnostics. Royalties from Thieme Publishers. The other authors declare no conflict of interest.

Address correspondence to: Richard G. Barr, MD, PhD, Northeastern Ohio Medical University, Southwoods Imaging, 7623 Market St, Youngstown, OH 44512 (e-mail:

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