Intraosseous lipomatosis. A case report

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We report a case of systemic intraosseous lipomatosis involving the proximal femur, both ends of the tibia, and the tarsal and metatarsal bones. The lesions progressed during a five-year follow-up with a pathological fracture of the tibial plateau. CT scans were characteristic and helped in diagnosis but MR imaging added little information. Intraosseous lipomatosis is a hamartomatous malformation due to hyperplasia of adipose tissue, and is fundamentally different from solitary benign intraosseous lipoma. Management involves reconstruction of any pathological fracture. Large progressive lesions should be treated by curettage and grafting in an attempt to prevent such fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-112
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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