Fatty lesions in and around the heart: A pictorial review

R. Pruente, C. S. Restrepo, D. Ocazionez, T. Suby-Long, D. Vargas

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A wide variety of fat-containing entities occur in and near the heart. These findings are often encountered by radiologists and may be incidental or the reason for the patient's clinical presentation. Cross-sectional imaging helps to characterize the extent of these lesions and to formulate a differential diagnosis, which varies by lesion location, imaging features and patient demographics. The purpose of this pictorial essay is to familiarize radiologists with these fat-containing lesions and to help avoid misdiagnosis and errors in management. This pictorial review will discuss the normal fatty structures in and around the heart. A range of common and uncommon fat-containing lesions will then be reviewed based upon lesion location.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20150157
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Issue number1051
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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