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Clinical Note
September 15, 2008

A Rare Prevertebral Ordinary Lipoma Presenting as Obstructive Sleep ApneaComputed Tomographic and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (Drs Eloy, Genden, and Som), Radiology (Drs Vibhute and Som), and Neurosurgery (Dr Bederson), Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Head and Neck Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center (Drs Genden and Som), New York, New York; and Department of Neuroradiology, São Joao Hospital, Porto, Portugal (Dr Carneiro).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008;134(9):1001-1003. doi:10.1001/archotol.134.9.1001

Lipomas are among the most common benign tumors of mesenchymal origin, having been described in virtually every area of the body.17 We describe a 65-year-old woman presenting with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) secondary to a prevertebral cervical lipoma that extended into the right parapharyngeal space and into the spinal canal through the right C2-C3 neural foramen. Only 1 prior similar case has been reported in the English literature.8 Complete surgical removal of the lesion was performed through a lateral cervical approach.

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