Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  2009 Apr;38(4):214-217.

A Case of Giant Gastric Lipoma Showing Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea. jeonghy@cnuh.co.kr
  • 2Department of Pathology, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.


Gastric lipoma is a typical benign submucosal tumor that is usually asymptomatic and it is generally detected incidentally when performing upper GI endoscopy. However, depending on its size and location, an atypical gastrointestinal lipoma can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, intestinal obstruction, intussuception and life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding. This tumor is diagnosed and differentiated from other malignant and submucosal tumors on the basis of its characteristic findings at endoscopy and on computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and endoscopic ultrasonography. We report here on the case of a 58-year-old female with epigastric discomfort and melena; a 4.5x4 cm ulcero-fungating mass was detected on the anterior wall of the gastric antrum. Surgical subtotal gastrectomy was performed and the lesion was diagnosed as gastric lipoma.


Gastric lipoma; Submucosal tumor; Bleeding
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