Encyclopedia of Pathology

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Chondroid Lipoma

  • Alessandro FranchiEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28845-1_5365-1


Chondroid lipoma (CL) is a benign adipocytic tumor combining adipocytic and cartilaginous features (Meis and Enzinger 1993; Thway et al. 2012).

Clinical Features

  • Incidence

    CL is extremely rare, with only few small series and single cases reported.

  • Age

    It occurs over a wide age range, but predominately in young adults, with a median of 30 years (Thway et al. 2012).

  • Sex

    CL arises more frequently in women (Thway et al. 2012).

  • Site

    Tumors are more frequently deep-seated and involve the proximal extremities and limb girdles. CL may also occur in the head and neck, particularly in the oral cavity (Meis and Enzinger 1993; Thway et al. 2012).

  • Treatment

    Surgical excision is the primary treatment for eradication of the tumor.

  • Outcome

    CL is benign and complete surgical removal is curative.


CL appears as a well-circumscribed mass, measuring in average 4–5 cm (range 2–11), with a lobulated yellow cut surface and gelatinous tan-gray areas (Thway et al. 2012). Hemorrhage can...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Translational Research and of New Technologies in Medicine and SurgeryUniversity of PisaPisaItaly