Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 43, Issue 5, pp 591–597

Imaging characteristics of spindle cell lipoma and its variants

  • Alla Khashper
  • Jiamin Zheng
  • Ayoub Nahal
  • Federico Discepola
Review Article


A spindle cell lipoma (SCL) is a relatively common tumor that can be challenging to the radiologist, pathologist, or surgeon to diagnose, particularly when internal fat content is scant or absent. Although these lesions may be found at various locations, the typical presentation for this lesion is a well-circumscribed and non-aggressive subcutaneous mass in the posterior neck presenting in a middle-aged to elderly man. In this article, the typical and atypical imaging characteristics of a spindle cell lipoma (SCL) will be reviewed. Knowledge of the common imaging and pathologic features of SCLs can help suggest the diagnosis and guide patient management.


Spindle cell lipoma Lipomatous tumor Fat-containing lesion Non-adipose component Soft tissue 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alla Khashper
    • 1
  • Jiamin Zheng
    • 1
  • Ayoub Nahal
    • 2
  • Federico Discepola
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMcGill University Health CentreMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of PathologyMcGill University Health CentreMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyJewish General HospitalMontrealCanada

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