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SA Orthopaedic Journal

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LISENDA, L; VAN DEVENTER, S; PIKOR, T  and  LUKHELE, M. Case report: Giant lipoma of the hand. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2013, vol.12, n.3, pp. 46-48. ISSN 2309-8309.

Giant lipomas of hand are rare lipomas that are larger than 5 cm. Comprehensive history and clinical examination is usually sufficient to make the diagnosis of lipoma but with giant lipoma, liposarcoma cannot be excluded. We report a case of giant lipoma in which we excluded liposarcoma by MRI and proceeded to do excisional biopsy. The histology confirmed our pre-operative diagnosis of lipoma, and post-operatively the patient did very well and returned to work with normal function of the left thumb.

Keywords : giant lipoma; hand.

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