Giant lipoma in superior vena cava: A case report and literature review

Tri Wisesa Soetisna, Lisca Namretta, Bagus Ronidipta, Elen Elen, Sunu Budhi Raharjo, Amin Tjubandi

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Introduction: Intravascular lipomas are rare occurrences, especially in major vessels. This tumour is composed of adipocytes in a fibrous capsule that has a slow growth rate and usually shows no symptoms. There were only eight reports in the literature regarding intravascular lipoma located in the superior vena cava. Case presentation: A 54-year-old man had episodes of supraventricular tachycardia and atrial flutter for over a year. Preoperative radiological findings showed a giant mass that arose from the superior vena cava to the right atrium and a biopsy catheter showed that there were no signs of malignancy. The patient then underwent surgery through median sternotomy and the mass was extirpated on the highest part of the stalk that could be reached. The patient was stable and remained to show no symptoms or evidence of residual mass or stalk in 2 years follow-up. Conclusion: The surgical approach in excising lipoma in SVC should be considered wisely with the support of adequate preoperative diagnosis. Since lipoma is a very slow-growing tumour, extensive manipulation that could increase surgical technique difficulty or postoperative morbidity and mortality is not necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107142
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • Intravascular tumour
  • Lipoma
  • Superior vena cava


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