Pancreatic lipoma

Case contributed by Dr Domenico Nicoletti


Incidental finding

Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Male

Well defined solitary fat lesion within the pancreatic body. No pancreatic duct dilatation or significant mass effect.

Renal cysts and gallbladder calculi also demonstrated.

Annotated image

Yellow arrowhead indicating probable pancreatic lipoma.

Case Discussion

Pancreatic lipoma is a benign tumor of the pancreas consisting of fat tissues. These are typically asymptomatic and detected on radiological exams undertaken for some other health condition. Generally, no treatment is required unless mass effect causes symptoms.

Differentials would include pancreatic lipomatosis (which is more diffuse), or in rarer cases a dermoid or liposarcoma (although these can have calcification and partial enhancement).

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Case information

rID: 55214
Published: 25th Aug 2017
Last edited: 11th Sep 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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