Computed tomography of deep fat masses in multiple symmetrical lipomatosis

G. Enzi, P. R. Biondetti, D. Fiore, F. Mazzoleni

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Deep fat masses were evaluated by computed tomography (CT) in 15 patients with multiple symmetrical lipomatosis. In 4 patients, peritracheal accumulations of fat were observed. In 3 of them, tracheal compression by lipomatous tissue was demonstrated: 2 were asymptomatic and the third had severe respiratory insufficiency secondary to blockage of the airway by the vocal cords as the result of recurrent nerve palsy. In 6 patients, lipomatous tissue occupied the potential space between the spina scapulae and the trapezius, supraspinatus, and infraspinatus muscles. In 2, calcification of lipomatous masses was observed. There was no relationship between extension of subcutaneous fat and accumulation at deep sites. CT facilitates early detection of peritracheal lipomatous tissue and is helpful in follow-up when deep fat accumulation is responsible for space-occupying lesions requiring surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-124
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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