Lipomatous tumor

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Author: Mikael Häggström [note 1]

Lipomatous tumor.


Generally 10% neutral buffered formalin.

  See also: General notes on fixation


On this resource, the following formatting is used for comprehensiveness:

  • Minimal depth
  • (Moderate depth)
  • ((Comprehensive))

Gross processing

  • Perform consecutive slicing of the entire specimen.
  • Look for signs of liposarcoma: Mainly by firm volumes.[1] Color varies from yellow to white (and firm) depending on the proportion of adipocytic, fibrous and/or myxoid content.[2] Areas of fat necrosis are common in larger lesions. Rarely, infiltrative growth is seen.[2]
  • Submit slices from any suspicious parts, or at least one representative slice from the specimen.[3] (A more comprehensive practice is to submit 1 section per centimeter, and 2 sections per cassette.[4])

Gross report

  • Color
  • Even absence of hemorrhage or necrosis.


Mass ((weighing 121 grams)) and measuring 10 x 6,5 x 3,5 cm. ((The surgical margin is intact.)) Cut sections show homogenous yellow color, with no hemorrhage or necrosis. ((The specimen is serially sectioned, and representative sections are submitted for microscopic examination in __ cassettes.))

  See also: General notes on gross processing

Microscopic evaluation

A pedunculated lipomatous skin tumor may be a pedunculated lipofibroma:

For atypical cases and as a non-subspecialist in soft tissue pathology, generally seek expert opinion, including further workup.

Microscopy/Histopathology report

For lipomas: (Absence of signs of malignancy.)

Histopathology of lipoma.jpg
(Chest wall, left lateral, excision:)
  • Lipoma.
  • (Negative for malignancy)

((Microscopic description: Tissue composed of univacuolar fat cells and delicate and inconspicuous fibrous septa.))

  See also: General notes on reporting


  1. For a full list of contributors, see article history. Creators of images are attributed at the image description pages, seen by clicking on the images. See Patholines:Authorship for details.

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Andreas F Mavrogenis, Panayiotis J Papagelopoulos (2013-02-01). Soft Tissues: Well-differentiated liposarcoma. Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenetics in Oncology and Haematology.
  3. Pathology Department at NU Hospital Group, Sweden, 2019-2020.
  4. . Lipoma. Gross Pathology Manual - By The University of Chicago Department of Pathology. Retrieved on 2020-08-26.
  5. . Lipoma Variant: Fibrolipoma. Stanford University School of Medicine. Retrieved on 2020-02-10.
  6. Vijay Shankar. Soft tissue - Adipose tissue tumors - Lipoma and variants - Angiolipoma. Pathology Outlines. Topic Completed: 1 August 2012. Minor changes: 20 March 2019
  7. Michael R. Clay, M.D.. Liposarcoma. PathologyOutlines. Topic Completed: 1 November 2017. Minor changes: 11 May 2021
  8. Michael R. Clay. Soft tissue - Adipose tissue - Myxoid liposarcoma. PathologyOutlines. Topic Completed: 1 January 2018. Revised: 20 March 2019

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