Diagnostic dilemma of parotid lipomas: imaging versus fine needle aspiration cytology

  • Ilker Burak Arslan Tepecik Training and Research Hospital Head & Neck Surgery Clinic, Izmir/Turkey
  • Sinan Uluyol Tepecik Training and Research Hospital Head & Neck Surgery Clinic, Izmir/Turkey
  • Selahattin Genc Kocaeli Derince Training and Research Hospital Head & Neck Surgery Clinic, Kocaeli/Turkey
  • Tugrul Eruyar Kocaeli Derince Training and Research Hospital Pathology Clinic, Kocaeli/Turkey
  • Suphi Bulgurcu Tepecik Training and Research Hospital Head & Neck Surgery Clinic, Izmir/Turkey
  • Ibrahim Cukurova Tepecik Training and Research Hospital Head & Neck Surgery Clinic, Izmir/Turkey
Keywords: Lipoma, Parotid gland, Diagnosis, Radiology, Cytology

Abstract

Lipomas are common soft tissue neoplasms; however, they are found rarely in the parotid gland region. The purpose of this study was to analyze the diagnostic challenges of this rare condition. We performed a retrospective analysis of 11 patients with parotid lipomas, treated from November 2009 to February 2014. The mean age at diagnosis was 46.6±2.9 years, and the study population included 8 males and 3 females. Computed tomography (CT) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed in radiological diagnosis. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) was performed in all cases (including two times in five patients, for a total of 16 biopsies) and results were diagnostic in four instances. Specificities of the CT, MRI, and FNA cytology tests were 100%, 100%, and 25% respectively. CT and/or MRI scans were more reliable than FNA cytologies for accurate diagnosis of parotid lipomas.

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Published
2014-10-03
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Arslan IB, Uluyol S, Genc S, Eruyar T, Bulgurcu S, Cukurova I. Diagnostic dilemma of parotid lipomas: imaging versus fine needle aspiration cytology. Bosn J of Basic Med Sci [Internet]. 2014Oct.3 [cited 2019May24];14(4):250-3. Available from: https://www.bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/250
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Translational and Clinical Research