Imaging features of superficial and deep fibromatoses in the adult population

Eric Walker, Jonelle Thomas, Pamela Brian, Chika Iloanusi Logie, Kenneth M. Montini, Mark D. Murphey

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Abstract

The fibromatoses are a group of benign fibroblastic proliferations that vary from benign to intermediate in biological behavior. This article will discuss imaging characteristics and patient demographics of the adult type superficial (fascial) and deep (musculoaponeurotic) fibromatoses. The imaging appearance of these lesions can be characteristic (particularly when using magnetic resonance imaging). Palmar fibromatosis demonstrates multiple nodular or band-like soft tissue masses arising from the proximal palmar aponeurosis and extending along the subcutaneous tissues of the finger in parallel to the flexor tendons. T1 and T2-weighted signal intensity can vary from low (higher collagen) to intermediate (higher cellularity), similar to the other fibromatoses. Plantar fibromatosis manifests as superficial lesions along the deep plantar aponeurosis, which typically blend with the adjacent plantar musculature. Linear tails of extension ("fascial tail sign") along the aponeurosis are frequent. Extraabdominal and abdominal wall fibromatosis often appear as a heterogeneous lesion with low signal intensity bands on all pulse sequences and linear fascial extensions ("fascial tail" sign) with MR imaging. Mesenteric fibromatosis usually demonstrates a soft tissue density on CT with radiating strands projecting into the adjacent mesenteric fat. When imaging is combined with patient demographics, a diagnosis can frequently be obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number215810
JournalSarcoma
Volume2012
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 17 2012

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Fibroma
Population
Abdominal Fibromatosis
Demography
Dupuytren Contracture
Subcutaneous Tissue
Abdominal Wall
Tendons
Fingers
Collagen
Fats
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Aponeurosis

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Walker, Eric ; Thomas, Jonelle ; Brian, Pamela ; Logie, Chika Iloanusi ; Montini, Kenneth M. ; Murphey, Mark D. / Imaging features of superficial and deep fibromatoses in the adult population. In: Sarcoma. 2012 ; Vol. 2012.
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In: Sarcoma, Vol. 2012, 215810, 17.08.2012.

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