Subcutaneous shoulder hibernoma presenting as an atypical lipomatous tumor – a case report

F. Ghieh, P. Beaineh, A. Ibrahim

Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon


Hibernomas are soft tissue tumors derived from remnants of brown fat. They are rare masses that can have variable presentations ranging from incidental asymptomatic masses to pain due to nerve compression. We present the case of a 52-year-old male presenting with an atypical lipomatous mass on ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. The mass was excised and sent for pathology with the result being a hibernoma. We should be vigilant in the treatment of such tumor presentations as they may be a low grade liposarcoma in disguise. Surgical biopsy or zexcision is the best treatment for achieving a definite diagnosis.

Key words

hibernoma – atypical lipomatous tumor – upper extremity tumors

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