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Clinical Note
September 15, 2008

A Rare Prevertebral Ordinary Lipoma Presenting as Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Computed Tomographic and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings

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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.1-7 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.