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March 1989

Subgaleal Lipomas

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine and Surgery, Montefiore Hospital, University Health Center of Pittsburgh.

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(3):384-385. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670150074011

• The subgaleal lipoma is a heterotopic tumor of adipose tissue appearing between the galea and periosteum of the frontal bone. In this tight, closed plane, the lipoma appears as a firm, fixed, immobile mass, unlike the usual lipoma. Clinical recognition of the subgaleal location is important before biopsy so that the incision is deep enough to find the tumor.

(Arch Dermatol 1989;125:384-385)