Soft tissue
Adipose tissue

Author: Vijay Shankar, M.D.

Revised: 29 January 2018, last major update August 2012

Copyright: (c) 2002-2018,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Myolipoma

Cite this page: Shankar, V. Myolipoma. website. Accessed March 23rd, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Called lipoleiomyoma in uterus
  • Note: myelolipoma is tumor with hematopoietic (including myeloid) elements, often in adrenal gland
  • Very rare tumor of adults in abdomen, retroperitoneum or abdominal wall
  • Other rare sites include eyelid, pericardium, base of tongue
Case reports
  • Excision
  • Does not recur, metastasize or transform
Gross description
  • Often 9 cm or more, completely or partially encapsulated, yellow-white
Gross images

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Fatty tissue with bands and nodules of firm white tissue

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Mature adipose tissue and mature (well differentiated) smooth muscle in short fascicles (Stanford University)
  • Variable fibrosis and inflammation
  • No floret cells, no thick walled vessels, no necrosis, no mitotic figures
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Mature fat and smooth muscle fibers

Low magnification view of myolipoma

Smooth muscle fibers are SMA+ (left), desmin+ (right)

Positive stains
Differential diagnosis