An unusual tumor of the neck and mediastinum: lipoblastomatosis resulting in paraparesis

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Dogan R., Kara M., Firat P., Gedikoglu G.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIO-THORACIC SURGERY, vol.31, no.2, pp.325-327, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2006.11.012
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.325-327
  • Keywords: lipoblastomatosis, neck, mediastinum, surgery, INTRASPINAL EXTENSION, CHILDREN
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Lipoblastornatous tumors are quite rare neoplasms deriving from embryonic white fatty tissues, most often seen in infancy and childhood. Lipobtastoma is the focal and well-circumscribed type, whereas tipoblastomatosis is the more infiltrating type of lipoblastomatous tumors. We present a 14-month-otd mate infant presenting with a mediastinal mass showing paraparesis, who had previously undergone the removal of the cervical part of this mediastinal mass. We removed the mediastinal part of the mass with a posterotateral thoracotomy which proved to be a tipobtastomatosis. We emphasize that this very uncommon tumor located at the neck and mediastinum should be included in the differential diagnosis of infants having gait disturbance. (c) 2007 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.