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Pathology of Endobronchial Lipoma

Dr Sampurna Roy MD




Endobronchial lipoma is a very rare benign tumour.

The tumour may cause bronchial obstruction, leading to extensive distal lung parenchymal damage.

Grossly, the lesions are well-circumscribed, soft, yellow nodules that usually range in size from 1.2 to 3.0 cm in greatest diameter.

Histologically, the tumours resembles lipomas in other locations (they are composed of mature adipose tissue devoid of atypia).

Bronchoscopic resection should be considered as the first choice of treatment for endobronchial lipoma, however, surgical therapy is indicated for patients who show the possibility of a complicated malignant tumour, who have destructive peripheral lung disease, who have extrabronchial growth, or who may have technical difficulties during the bronchoscopic procedure.


Further reading:

Endobronchial lipoma. Therapeutic considerations .

Endobronchial lipomas and their treatment: one case report.

Cryorecanalization of an endobronchial lipoma.

Pleural empyema associated with endobronchial lipoma.

Endobronchial lipoma: successful therapy by bronchoscopical laser resection vs. surgery

Endobronchial lipoma: a series of three cases and the role of electrocautery.

Endobronchial lipomas: a clinicopathologic study of four cases.

Endobronchial lipoma: review of 64 cases reported in Japan.

A case of asymptomatic endobronchial lipoma followed for 4 years

A case report of endobronchial lipoma.

Endobronchial lipomas. Apropos of 16 cases



Dr Sampurna Roy  MD

Consultant  Histopathologist (Kolkata - India)







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