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Lymphatic changes in retroperitoneal lipomatosis

  • Michael A. Gass
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    Departments of Radiology, University of Wisconsin and St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, USA

    Department of Medicine, The Dean Clinic, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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  • Howard R. Gould
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    Address reprint requests to: Howard R. Gould, MD, Department of Radiology, Clinical Science Center, University of Wisconsin, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53792.
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    Departments of Radiology, University of Wisconsin and St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, USA

    Department of Medicine, The Dean Clinic, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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  • George F. Roggensack
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    Departments of Radiology, University of Wisconsin and St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, USA

    Department of Medicine, The Dean Clinic, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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  • Charles H. Diggs
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    Departments of Radiology, University of Wisconsin and St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, USA

    Department of Medicine, The Dean Clinic, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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      Abstract

      Retroperitoneal lipomatosis is a condition in which excessive fat deposits in the retroperitoneum can exert a mass effect, with displacement of normal structures. In the case presented, it displaced lymph nodes and simulated adenopathy in nonopacified nodes. The specific diagnosis of retroperitoneal lipomatosis as the cause of the mass effect can be made by computerized tomography.

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