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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 45-48

Lipoma arborescens: is it the cause or effect?

1 Department of Radiodiagnosis, J N Medical College, Aligarh, India
2 Department of Orthopedics, J N Medical College, Aligarh, India
3 Department of Pathology, J N Medical College, Aligarh, India

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Saifullah Khalid
Assistant Professor, Department Of Radiodiagnosis, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, AMU, Aligarh - 202 002, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-161X.155652

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Lipoma arborescens is benign villous lipomatous proliferation of the synovium. The fronds-like masses are non-neoplastic fatty deposits on the synovium. The word arborescens is a Latin term meaning 'tree-forming' or 'tree-like'. This article presents two cases of young adults who presented with pain and swelling around knee joint and were diagnosed on the basis of characteristic MRI findings, and hence signifies the role of MRI in diagnosing the cause of inflammatory synovitis in young patients. In addition, MRI helped in deciding the management of these patients. There was significant symptomatic improvement seen on follow-up, which further helps to strengthen the hypothesis that underlying lipoma arborescens could be a rare underlying cause for undiagnosed inflammatory synovitis in young adults.

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