Soft tissue
Adipose tissue tumors
Other benign lesions
Pelvic lipomatosis

Topic Completed: 1 August 2012

Minor changes: 10 September 2020

Copyright: 2002-2020,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Pelvic lipomatosis

Vijay Shankar, M.D.
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Cite this page: Shankar V. Pelvic lipomatosis. website. Accessed October 24th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Lipomatosis in region of rectum or bladder, rarely in retroperitoneum (Stanford University)
  • Also occurs in renal hilum, associated with chronic pyelonephritis, renal lithiasis and kidney atrophy
  • Not a WHO diagnosis
  • Rare
  • Usually black men, median age 48 years, range 9 - 80 years
  • Present with urological or digestive symptoms
  • Associated with cystitis glandularis, cystitis cystica or cystitis follicularis in 75% of cases; may develop adenocarcinoma
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Normal adipose tissue
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Unremarkable adipose tissue

Associated cystitis glandularis

Differential diagnosis
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