Updates in Surgery

, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 125–127 | Cite as

Giant esophageal lipoma

  • Antonello Cuttitta
  • Vito Annese
  • Antonio Tancredi
  • Celeste Clemente
  • Roberto Scaramuzzi
Case Report


A case of a giant esophageal pedunculated lipoma diagnosed in a 67-year-old male patient with recent onset of dysphagia is reported. Following the initial endoscopic and radiologic evaluation, the diagnosis was suspected by endo-ultrasonography and confirmed by histopathology. The treatment consisted of an esophagotomy with submucosal resection, through a left sided cervical incision. The review of the literature confirmed the rarity of this neoplasm, and the difficulty of a correct preoperative diagnosis, since a possible progression to squamous carcinoma has been demonstrated.


Lipoma Submucosal tumors Benign esophageal tumors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonello Cuttitta
    • 1
  • Vito Annese
    • 2
  • Antonio Tancredi
    • 1
    • 3
  • Celeste Clemente
    • 4
  • Roberto Scaramuzzi
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Unit of General Surgery 2nd and Thoracic SurgeryIRCCS “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” HospitalSan Giovanni RotondoItaly
  2. 2.Unit of Gastroenterology 2ndAzienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria CareggiFirenzeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Therapy, PhD School in Internal Medicine and Medical TherapyUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly
  4. 4.Unit of PathologyIRCCS “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” HospitalSan Giovanni RotondoItaly
  5. 5.Graduate School of MedicineCatholic University of the Sacred HeartRomeItaly

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