Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 549–551 | Cite as

Lipoma arborescens of the bicipitoradial bursa

  • Ali Kord Valeshabad
  • Dallas De La Vara
  • Ejaz Shamim
  • Alaa Alsadi
  • Karen L. Xie
Case Report


Lipoma arborescens (LA) is a rare, benign articular lesion that is most commonly found within the suprapatellar recess of the knee. An extremely rare case of LA involving unilateral bicipitoradial bursa is described in this study. A 58-year-old male presented with a superficial soft mass on the volar aspect of the left forearm. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination demonstrated a lobulated complex mass containing multiple frond-like fatty nodules, along the distal biceps tendon in the bicipitoradial bursa. Ultrasound-guided biopsy of the lesion confirmed the diagnosis of LA and patient was scheduled for surgical excision. Recognizing the characteristic imaging of LA, particularly on MRI, is essential for accurate pre-procedural diagnosis.


Lipoma arborescens Elbow Bicipitoradial bursa Magnetic resonance imaging 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Kord Valeshabad
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dallas De La Vara
    • 1
  • Ejaz Shamim
    • 1
  • Alaa Alsadi
    • 3
  • Karen L. Xie
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Division of Interventional RadiologyUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of PathologyUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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