Imaging of Focal Amyloid Depositions in the Head, Neck, and Spine: Amyloidoma

Authors: H. Parmara, T. Ratha, M. Castillob and D. Gandhic


a From the Department of Radiology (H.P., T.R.), University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan
b Department of Radiology (M.C.), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
c Department of Radiology (D.G.), The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.



SUMMARY: Amyloidomas are benign tumorlike lesions consisting of localized deposits of amyloid and are the rarest form in the group of amyloidosis-related lesions. Diagnosis requires special stains; therefore, a high degree of suspicion for this disease is required. In this review, we describe the imaging features of amyloidomas involving the intracranial compartment, head and neck, and spine. We also discuss the differential diagnosis and briefly review the pertinent literature.