Volume 2, 2016
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||06 July 2016|
Lipoma arborescens arising in the extra-articular bursa of the knee joint
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Naga Municipal Hospital, 1282 Uchita, Kinokawa, Wakayama
2 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Wakayama Medical University, 811-1 Kimiidera, Wakayama 641-8510, Japan
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 15 May 2016
Lipoma arborescens arising in the extra-articular bursa of the knee joint is extremely rare. We describe an 11-year-old boy who complained of a gradual swelling mass of the lateral knee joint. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a high signal intensity tumor on T1- and T2-weighted images with a thickened septa and nodular lesion that showed low signal intensity. The radiologist suggested the possible differential diagnosis of well-differentiated liposarcoma. At operation, the tumor was found under the iliotibial tract and was not in contact with the knee joint. Histopathologically, this lesion was diagnosed as lipoma arborescens arising in the extra-articular bursa of the knee joint. On MRI, the appearance of lipoma arborescens arising in the extra-articular bursa of the knee joint differed from that of conventional intra-articular lipoma arborescens. In this report, we describe a case of extra-articular lipoma arborescens of the knee joint bursa and discuss the diagnosis and etiology.
Key words: bursa / extra-articular / knee joint / lipoma arborescens
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