Literally meaning: “growth of lipoid vessel”
Origin: Anc Greek
αγγείο/aggio (=vessel, receptacle) > άγγος/aggos(=tube)
+(-ωμα)/(-oma)=suffix denoting state or condition of mass growth
Grawitz coined the term angio-myo-lipoma der niere in 1900 to accurately describe this tumor for the first time.
Grawitz P. Demonstration eines grossen Angio-Myo-Lipomas der Niere. Dtsch Med Wochenschr 26: 290, 1900.
Angiomyolipoma is the most common benign tumour of the kidney consisting mainly by adipose tissue, smooth muscle cells and vascular tissue. Small lesions are asympomatic and the most common symptom is the abdominal pain and shock due to haemorrhage The incidence of angiomyolipoma is usually quoted as less than 1% of surgically excited renal tumours.