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Clinical Problem Solving: Pathology
Jan 2012

Pathology Quiz Case 2: Diagnosis

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012;138(1):98. doi:10.1001/archoto.2011.219-b

Diagnosis: Osteolipoma of the buccal space

Lipoma is the most common benign soft-tissue tumor.1 However, it is relatively rare in the oral and maxillofacial area.2 The microscopic morphological appearance is characterized by lobules of mature adipose tissue that are separated by thin, fibrous, connective tissue septa. Variants of lipoma, which are categorized on the basis of other components within the lipoma, include fibrolipoma, angiolipoma, myolipoma, myxolipoma, spindle cell lipoma, chondrolipoma, and osteolipoma. The latter 2 variants are very uncommon in any anatomical location.3

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