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Giant adrenal incidentaloma myelolipoma


Miltiadis Lalountas MD, PhD

Department of Surgery, General Hospital of Polygyros Chalkidiki, Greece Hippokratous 5, Polygyros Chalkidiki 63100, Greece


Correspondence to Author: Miltiadis Lalountas MD, PhD


Adrenal myelolipomas (AMLs) are unusual non-functioning benign tumours composed of adipose and hematopoietic tissues. It is usually diagnosed accidentally and nowadays much more frequently because of widespread use of ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging. Adrenal myelolipoma is usually unilateral and asymptomatic, though known to be associated with obesity, hypertension, endocrinological disorders and some malignancies. We present a 48 years-old female patient, obese with no medical history and a painless right-sided mass. CT scan suggested the diagnosis of giant adrenal myelolipoma.
The complete preoperative laboratory exams showed a non-functioning tumour. The patient underwent open right adrenalectomy and the pathological study confirmed the diagnosis
of adrenal myelolipoma. AMLs discovered incidentally and CT scan remains the gold standard of diagnosis. The open surgery approach is the suggested treatment for giant AMLs (>10cm) while the laparoscopic and robotic surgery has been used in only a few cases.


Giant, asymptomatic, adrenal, myelolipoma, incidentaloma


Miltiadis Lalountas. Giant adrenal incidentaloma myelolipoma. World Journal of Clinical Surgery 2021.

Journal Info

  • Journal Name: World Journal of Clinical Surgery
  • Impact Factor: 2.709**
  • ISSN: 2766-6182
  • DOI: 10.52338/wjsurgy
  • Short Name: WJCSR
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Volume: 6 (2024)
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