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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-34

Lipoblastoma in childhood: About 10 cases

Department of Pediatric Surgery, Monastir Hospital, Monastir, Tunisia

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Yosra Kerkeni
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Monastir Hospital, 5000 Monastir
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DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.129210

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Background: Lipoblastoma is a rare benign mesenchymal tumour of embryonal fat that occurs almost exclusively in infants and children. This determined the epidemiological, clinical and therapeutic aspect of this disease. Materials and Methods: A total of 10 cases of pathologically proven lipoblastoma from 2003 to 2012 were reviewed. Results: There were six boys and four girls ranging in age from 7 months to 9 years. A soft-tissue mass was the main complain in nine patients. The various locations of the mass were mediastinal, thigh, buttock, inguino-scrotal, the greater omentum and the Latissimus dorsi. Lesions measured 5-15 cm. complete excision was done. The median time of follow-up was 42 months (ranges between 18 and 84 months). There were no recurrences. Conclusion: It is important to consider lipoblastoma in the diagnosis of a rapidly enlarging fatty mass in children. Complete resection is the only definitive treatment and should not be delayed when impingement on surrounding structures is imminent. There is a tendency for these lesions to recur despite presumed complete excision. Therefore, follow-up for a minimum of 5 years is recommended.

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