Lipoblastoma and lipoblastomatosis: a clinicopathological study of 14 cases

Histopathology. 1993 Dec;23(6):527-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2559.1993.tb01238.x.


The clinicopathological features of 14 cases of lipoblastoma and lipoblastomatosis are presented. The age of the patients at presentation ranged from 5 days to 6 years (mean 2.7 years); nine patients were male. Histologically, six cases were circumscribed (lipoblastoma) while eight were diffuse and ill-defined (lipoblastomatosis). In both groups and in individual cases there was distinct lobulation, as well as a spectrum of adipocytic maturation. Cytologically, the 10 most mature lesions were composed of uniform adipocytes intermixed with only scattered lipoblasts and primitive mesenchymal cells. A notable feature in the other four cases was a prominent myxoid stroma producing a very close resemblance to myxoid liposarcoma. Mitotic figures were rare and always normal in appearance. Atypical nuclei were not evident. Follow-up in eight patients revealed local recurrence in two. Liposarcoma in patients under 10 years is exceedingly rare, and, in myxoid form, may be almost impossible to distinguish histologically from lipoblastoma. Helpful clues are the lack of lobulation, variable growth pattern and increased nuclear atypia in liposarcoma.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Lipoma / pathology*
  • Liposarcoma / pathology
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / pathology*