Spinal lipoma presenting as a mediastinal mass: diagnosis by CT.

  title={Spinal lipoma presenting as a mediastinal mass: diagnosis by CT.},
  author={Stephen F. Quinn and Michael Monson and Michael R. Paling},
  journal={Journal of computer assisted tomography},
  volume={7 6},
Spinal lipomas account for less than 1% of all spinal tumors. Prior to the advent of computed tomography, the preoperative diagnosis could only be suggested on the basis of nonspecific clinical and radiographic findings. We report a case of an unusual spinal lipoma that presented as a mediastinal mass. The low attenuation values of the tumor allowed a preoperative diagnosis. Computed tomography with metrizamide should serve as the first diagnostic procedure for evaluation of spinal lipomas. 

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