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ISRN Cardiology
Volume 2011, Article ID 243637, 4 pages
Case Report

Intrapericardial Giant Lipoma Displacing the Heart

Department of Pathology, Innsbruck Medical University, Müllerstraße 44, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Received 1 March 2011; Accepted 11 April 2011

Academic Editors: V. Di Bello, M. Paul, and J. L. Zamorano

Copyright © 2011 C. M. Steger. 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.


Despite their benign character, intrapericardial lipomas can cause life-threatening complications by rapid growth. This paper presents a case of an intrapericardial lipoma in an almost asymptomatic 41-year-old female patient only suffering from mild dyspnoea on exertion. The tumour was found incidentally by chest X-ray. Echocardiographic examination and a CT scan of the thorax revealed a 16 × 14 × 12 cm lipomatous tumour mass highly suspective of a lipoma. Histological examination of excised tumour specimens confirmed the diagnosis of a lipoma. The patient is currently asymptomatic and has not presented with evidence of recurrence at the 6-month followup.