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The Korean Journal of Pathology 1988;22(2): 190-194.
Nodular fasciitis (13 cases analysis).
Jung Ran Kim, Je G Chi
Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
Nodular fasciitis is a rare and benign soft tissue tumor that can easily confused microscopically to spindle cell sarcoma. Therefore it is very important disease to the surgical pathologists. However, this lesion has been seldom reported or described in Korean literature. This paper deals with 13 Korean cases of nodular fasciitis diagnosed microscopically. It's pertinent clinicopathologic findings are described. The youngest patients among 13 cases was 18 years and the oldest was 63 years with the mean of 34 years. Nine were males and 4 were females. Pathologically, the size of the lesion at the time of diagnosis ranged from 0.7 cm to 4.0 cm in the maximum extent. Two were smaller than 1.0 cm and 8 cases were between 1.0~3.0 cm. The site distibution was; trunk(5) upper extremitiy (4), lower extremity (2) and head (2). All the lesions were located in the subcutaneous tissue. The history of recent rapid growth was noted in nearly half of the cases. Mass and tenderness were two common manifestations. In one case, multiple nodules were found in the right breast and in flank. All of the lesions except one were managed by local excision. In one case, a wide excision was done under the impression of malignant fibrous histiocytoma of frozen section. Follow up observation of all cases did not show any evidence of recurrence in all.
Key Words: Nodular fasciitis; Pseudosarcoma
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