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April 1962

Intrathoracic Lipomas: A Report of Three Cases and a Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

Resident in Surgery, Roswell Park Memorial Institute (Dr. Krause); Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Roswell Park Memorial Institute, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Buffalo School of Medicine (Dr. Ross).

Arch Surg. 1962;84(4):444-448. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1962.01300220068011

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 

Case 1.  —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