Question:

What area(s) of the esophagus do lipomas most commonly originate from?
1. Cervical only.
2. Cervical and upper thoracic.
3. Lower thoracic and abdominal.
4. Abdominal only.
5. Thoracic only.





Answer:

The correct answer for the question "What area(s) of the esophagus do lipomas most commonly originate from?" is:

2. Cervical and upper thoracic.



Explanation
Lipomas are most commonly found in the cervical and thoracic portions of the esophagus. [Usually esophageal lipomas originate in the cervical and upper thoracic esophagus].



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Esophageal Lipoma: A Rare Tumor
Radiology Case. 2012 Jul; 6(7):17-22


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Esophageal Lipoma: A Rare Tumor

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Abstract
Esophageal lipomas are rare tumors, making up 0.4% of all digestive tract benign neoplasms. Most of these lesions are clinically silent as a result of their small size, however, the majority of lesions over 4 cm have been reported to cause dysphagia, regurgitation and/or epigastralgia. We report a case of a 53 year-old African American female who presented with dysphagia. Computed tomography of the chest and esophagram confirmed esophageal lipoma as the cause of the patient`s symptoms. Accurately diagnosing an esophageal lipoma is crucial in order to rule out potential malignant lesions, relieve patient symptoms and plan the appropriate treatment.






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