Hibernoma: an unusual tumor of adipose tissue

Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1988 Dec;66(6):706-10. doi: 10.1016/0030-4220(88)90322-2.


A case of a benign tumor of vestigial brown fat (hibernoma) is presented. The circumstances surrounding an associated odontogenic infection are discussed. The case and a review of the literature are presented to clarify a pathologic condition rarely included in the differential diagnosis of head and neck masses.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue, Brown / pathology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Focal Infection, Dental / diagnosis
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Lipoma / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neck / pathology
  • Thyroglossal Cyst / diagnosis