J Korean Soc Radiol.  2020 Jul;81(4):965-971. 10.3348/jksr.2020.81.4.965.

Spinal Intraosseous Hibernoma: A Case Report and Review of Literature

  • 1Departments of Radiology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
  • 2Department of Radiology, Kangwon National University Hospital, Kangwon National University School of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea
  • 3Departments of Pathology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea


Hibernoma is a rare benign tumor that arises from vestiges of brown fat. Spinal intraosseous hibernoma has only recently been described in the literature, and only 12 cases have been reported to date due to its extreme rarity. Here, we report the case of a patient who was incidentally diagnosed with an intraosseous hibernoma in the thoracic spine, following a diverse imaging work-up and pathologic confirmation. We correlate the clinical presentation and imaging features of our case with those of previously reported cases during our review of the literature.


Lipoma; Spine; Computed Tomography, X-Ray; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Positron-Emission Tomography
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