Intrathoracic lipomas are rarely seen, a total of 77 cases having been previously reported in the literature. An additional 3 cases were seen at Roswell Park Memorial Institute, and these are presented below. The diagnosis and management of these lesions will be discussed.
Report of Cases
—A 53-year-old white man presented himself at Roswell Park in July, 1955. He had a 7-year history of dull ache in the anterior chest at the level of the left nipple. He had also developed a nonproductive cough one month prior to admission. A chest x-ray in July, 1952, showed a small density in the left lower lung field. A follow-up x-ray taken in November, 1952, showed no interval change in this density. On July 8, 1955, another chest x-ray taken at Roswell Park Memorial Institute showed a spherical mass immediately lateral to the apex of the heart. This was interpreted as
KRAUSE LG, ROSS CA. Intrathoracic LipomasA Report of Three Cases and a Review of the Literature. Arch Surg. 1962;84(4):444-448. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1962.01300220068011