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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2014, Article ID 451570, 4 pages
Case Report

Management of Tonsillar Lipoma: Is Tonsillectomy Essential?

1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Louisiana State University, 533 Bolivar Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
2Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Medical School, Toronto, ON, Canada M5H 2J7

Received 5 November 2013; Accepted 24 December 2013; Published 4 February 2014

Academic Editors: G. Cadoni and W. Issing

Copyright © 2014 Sohit P. Kanotra and Joel Davies. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Tonsillar lipomas are rare benign tumors, with only a limited number of cases reported in the literature. Excision of the lipoma along with tonsillectomy has been proposed as the usual treatment option. We report a case of tonsillar lipoma which was managed by excision of the lesion without the need for a tonsillectomy. No recurrence was reported at a 2-year followup. A worldwide literature review was done to better define the clinical and histopathological features of these lesions. The authors propose that routine tonsillectomy is not required for these benign lesions and that simple excision of the stalk of the lipoma is sufficient.