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Dental and Medical Problems

2015, vol. 52, nr 2, April-June, p. 246–248

Publication type: clinical case

Language: English

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Lipoma of the Palate-Lingual Arch – Report of a Rare Intraoral Location

Tłuszczak łuku podniebienno-językowego – opis rzadkiej lokalizacji w jamie ustnej

Rafał Peterson1,A,B,C,D, Natalia Lewkowicz1,C,D,E,F, Małgorzata Wągrowska-Danilewicz2,B,D,E,F

1 Department of Periodontology and Oral Mucosal Diseases, Medical University of Lodz, Łódź, Poland

2 Department of Nephropathology, Medical University of Lodz, Łódź, Poland


Oral lipomas are relatively uncommon in the oral cavity. The most common site is the cheek, followed by the tongue, palate, lips and floor of the mouth. This pattern corresponds to the quantity of fat deposits in the oral cavity. Lipoma is an asymptomatic, solitary tumor that slowly enlarges, growing to a large size. It may remain unnoticed by the patient for a long period of time, but occasionally causes mastication and speech difficulties. Superficial lipoma usually presents as a soft, yellowish mass covered with normal epithelium and visible superficial blood vessels. The etiology of intraoral lipoma remains unclear. We report a case of a symptom-less lipoma of the palate-lingual arch in a 76 year-old female. The tumor was completely excised and sent for histopathological examination, which confirmed the initial clinical diagnosis and showed the tumor to be a simple lipoma. One-year follow-up revealed no recurrence. This is, to our knowledge, the first report of lipoma of the palate-lingual arch.

Key words

lipoma, benign tumor, oral lipoma, palate-lingual arch

Słowa kluczowe

tłuszczak, nowotwór łagodny, łuk podniebienno-językowy

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