October 1959

Palmar LipomaReport of a Case

Author Affiliations

Surgical Resident, Mercy Hospital (Dr. McEnery). Associate Clinical Professors of Surgery, Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University, and Senior Surgeons, Mercy Hospital (Drs. Schmitz and Nelson).

AMA Arch Surg. 1959;79(4):699-700. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1959.04320100165029

In 1957 one of us (RLS) with Keeley reported a series of four lipomas of the hand, three in the palm, and one in the finger. At that time only 14 palmar lipomas had been reported; our 3 brought the total to 17. We were unable to ascertain the number of digital lipomas reported but it was equally small or smaller. Since then no further cases have been recorded in the literature. Therefore, we think it is appropriate to report a recent case of ours which involved a finger as well as the palm and in which the diagnosis was correctly established preoperatively with the help of roentgenograms, a diagnostic aid which has not previously been mentioned in this regard.

An 86-year-old Negro came to Mercy Hospital Free Dispensary in August, 1958, because of a mass in the palm of his right hand. He said that the mass had been

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