Infantile Fibromatosis is a rare condition that involves the growth of a single or numerous benign (non-cancerous) tumors. It is often referred to as myofibromatosis, due to the abundance of fibrous and smooth muscle stoma. Infantile fibromatosis can affect the skin, muscles, soft-tissues, bones and rarely visceral organs.
Infantile fibromatosis is a rare condition that arises from mesenchymal cells and involves the growth of a singular or numerous benign (non-cancerous) tumors. This condition is also referred to as infantile myofibromatosis or congenital fibromatosis. Tumors may be present at or shortly after birth, however a majority of all diagnoses occur before the age of two. They appear as firm, round nodules commonly located in the head, neck, trunk, and upper and lower extremities. While they are considered locally aggressive tumors, infantile fibromatosis does not metastasize, or spread to other body parts.
Infantile fibromatosis is a rare condition in which one or many non-cancerous tumors growth. These masses are considered locally aggressive tumors, however infantile fibromatosis does not metastasize, or spread to other body parts. On rare occasions, the tumor may grow back.
Radiographic imaging is used to help form a diagnosis of infantile fibromatosis. These include X-Ray, MRI, CT and Bone Scans.
An example of an MRI is shown.
Treatment of infantile fibromatosis includes surgical excision of the tumor through wide or radical resections, both of which are limb-sparing surgeries. The tumor is removed as carefully and completely as possible without interfering with function or causing disfigurement to the affected area.
Surgical treatment includes wide or radical resections to remove the complete tumor and additional margins. The removal of additional, surrounding margins ensures that the tumor is completely removed and decreases the chances of the tumor coming back.
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