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CUTANEOUS PATHOLOGY
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-53

Pleomorphic lipoma of the tongue as potential mimic of liposarcoma


1 Department of Pathologic Anatomy and Oncology, A.O.U. "San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d'Aragona" via S. Leonardo, Salerno, Italy
2 From Unit of Radiology, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, A.O.U. "San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d'Aragona" via S. Leonardo, Salerno, Italy
3 Department of Pathologic Anatomy, NTI "Pascale" Naples, Italy
4 Department of Pathologic Anatomy, ASL Salerno, Scafati, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Antonio D'Antonio
Unit of Pathologic Anatomy, A.O.U "San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d'Aragona" via S. Leonardo, Salerno
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.110101

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We herein report a rare case of pleomorphic lipoma of the tongue with a review of world literature. A 44-year-old woman presented with a nodule of the tongue that had been present for over three years. Clinical examination revealed a yellowish sub-mucosal lesion, measuring 3 cm in maximum diameter, protruding from lingual surface. A first biopsy showed a lipomatous tumour composed of mature adipocytes intermingled with myxoid areas composed of spindle uniform in size and shape and multinucleated floret-like giant cells. Spindle and giant cells were positive for CD34. A diagnosis of pleomorphic lipoma was made. In view of the benign nature of this mass, it was de-bulked rather than completely excised in order to preserve swallowing function.


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