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Fibrogenic / fibrohistiocytic tumors

Desmoplastic fibroma of bone

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Last staff update: 12 October 2023

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Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Desmoplastic fibroma of bone. website. Accessed May 19th, 2024.
Definition / general
  • Rare, benign / borderline behavior; bony counterpart of soft tissue fibromatosis
  • Intraosseous component of soft tissue fibromatosis
  • May be due to local trauma; may be part of Gardner syndrome
  • Benign but up to 35% recur, does not metastasize
  • Mean 23 years, range 1 - 75 years
  • 75% younger than age 30 years, may be more common in males
  • 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, nonencapsulated, fibrous rubbery mass with variable bony spicules and cysts
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Poorly demarcated lesion with interlacing or fascicular pattern of mature fibrous tissue composed of small fibroblasts with no / minimal mitotic activity and abundant collagenous stroma
  • Mature, bland fibroblasts separated by abundant collagen with thin walled, dilated vascular channels
  • May infiltrate into soft tissue
  • No necrosis, no pleomorphism or atypia
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Kelly Magliocca, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Desmoplastic fibroma

Desmoplastic fibroma

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