Other tumors of bone
Desmoplastic fibroma

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 20 October 2016, last major update June 2005

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Cite this page: Desmoplastic fibroma. website. Accessed November 20th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Rare, benign / borderline behavior; bony counterpart of soft tissue fibromatosis
  • 75% younger than age 30 years, may be more common in males
  • Sites: metaphysis of long bones (56%), mandible (26%), pelvis (14%)
Radiology description
  • Lytic and honeycombed (“soap bubble” appearance) metaphyseal lesions, cortical thinning with soft tissue extension
Case reports
  • Wide local excision to prevent otherwise frequent recurrences
  • Causes local destruction, no metastases
Gross description
  • White gray, fibrous rubbery mass with variable bony spicules and cysts
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Mature, bland fibroblasts separated by abundant collagen with thin walled, dilated vascular channels
  • May infiltrate into soft tissue
  • No necrosis, no pleomorphism or atypia, no mitotic activity
Microscopic (histologic) images
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Bland spindle cells infiltrating into soft tissue

Molecular / cytogenetics description
  • Trisomy 8, trisomy 20
Electron microscopy description
  • Predominantly myofibroblasts, also fibroblasts and primitive mesenchymal cells
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