A case of a migrating pleural lipoma: The beginning of a thoracolith?

Ji Sung Han, Ji Yung Choo, Ki Yeol Lee, Seung Heon Lee, Young Sik Kim

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Lipomas can be encountered almost anywhere in the body, yet they are rare in the pleural space of the thorax. However, they have been typically described as pleural-based fatty masses. We present a rare case of a pleural lipoma that changed its location on follow-up images. Migration and rotation of the lesion were investigated using chest computed tomography. A pathologic examination demonstrated extensive calcification and fat necrosis. The findings in this case support a mechanism of development of thoracolith.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)516-519
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Lipoma
  • Migration
  • Pleura
  • Thoracolith

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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