Imaging of head and neck lipoblastoma: case report and systematic review

P. Lomoro, I. Simonetti, A. L. Nanni, G. Corsani, G. Togni, V. Fichera, F. Verde, M. Formica, P. Trovato, G. Vallone, M. S.Prevedoni Gorone

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Lipoblastoma is a rare and benign tumour arising from embryonal fat cells, predominantly diagnosed in children younger than 3 years old. The most frequent locations are the extremities and trunk, while the head and neck areas are more rarely affected (10–15% of total cases). Clinically, the most common presentation is a fast-growing painless mass. Ultrasound is the first-line imaging examination, but Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) allows for better definition of the relationships with the adjacent vascular and muscular structures. It can help to identify the lipomatous components, and it is useful for preoperative planning. However, the definitive diagnosis is provided by histopathological examination. Complete surgical excision is the first-line treatment, with a good prognosis in case of total eradication. We report the case of a 7-month-old male child with a rapidly growing mass that had typical radiological features of lipoblastoma.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Ultrasound
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020


  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Head and neck tumour
  • Lipoblastoma
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Paediatric soft tissue tumour
  • Ultrasound (US)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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