European Spine Journal

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 417–425 | Cite as

Spinal angiolipoma: etiology, imaging findings, classification, treatment, and prognosis

  • Yu Si
  • Zhenyu WangEmail author
  • Yi Pan
  • Guozhong Lin
  • Tao Yu
Original Article



To summarise our experience treating patients with spinal angiolipomas (SAs) and to evaluate factors relating to its prognosis.


We retrospectively reviewed the records of patients diagnosed with SAs who received surgical treatment from January 2001 to February 2013.


Twenty-one patients were described. We divide SAs into two types: “intraspinal” and “dumbbell-shaped”. The former were further subclassified as “with lipomatosis” and “without lipomatosis”. Overweight people are more likely to get the “with lipomatosis” type which needs different surgical strategy and/or a diet therapy to get better outcomes.


Diagnosis of SAs should be made with reference to clinical, radiological, and pathological findings. Application of different methods is needed to treat SAs.


Diagnosis Spinal angiolipomas Prognosis Spinal tumour Treatment 


Conflict of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu Si
    • 1
  • Zhenyu Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yi Pan
    • 2
  • Guozhong Lin
    • 1
  • Tao Yu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryPeking University Third HospitalBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Pathology DepartmentPeking University Health and Science CenterBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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