Journal of Neurology

, Volume 256, Issue 6, pp 851–855 | Cite as

Intracranial lipomas: clinical appearances on neuroimaging and clinical significance

  • Geraldine Jabot
  • Souraya Stoquart-Elsankari
  • Guillaume Saliou
  • Patrick Toussaint
  • Hervé Deramond
  • Pierre LehmannEmail author
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Intracranial lipomas are rare congenital malformations which are neither hematomas nor true neoplasms. They result from the abnormal persistence and maldifferentiation of the meninx primitiva. The majority of such lesions occur near the midline. Around 55% of intracranial lipomas are associated with brain malformations of varying severity. Although they are usually an incidental finding, symptomatic intracranial lipomas are sometimes observed. Surgical excision may result in high morbidity and mortality due to the highly vascular nature of intracranial lipomas and the latter’s strong adhesion to the surrounding tissue and is very rarely indicated.


Intracranial lipoma CNS malformation CT MRI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geraldine Jabot
    • 1
  • Souraya Stoquart-Elsankari
    • 2
  • Guillaume Saliou
    • 3
  • Patrick Toussaint
    • 4
  • Hervé Deramond
    • 1
  • Pierre Lehmann
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.NeuroradiologyAmiens University HospitalAmiens Cedex 1France
  2. 2.NeurologyAmiens University HospitalAmiens Cedex 1France
  3. 3.NeuroradiologyBicêtre HospitalLe Kremlin-Bicetre CedexFrance
  4. 4.NeurosurgeryAmiens University HospitalAmiens Cedex 1France

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