Elastofibroma dorsi: A soft tissue masquerade

Pauline H. Go, Michael C. Meadows, Essel Marie B. DeLeon, Ronald S. Chamberlain

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Elastofibroma dorsi (ED) is a soft tissue tumor found in the subscapular region. The pathogenesis of ED is unclear, but may involve a regenerative or reactive hyperproliferation due to mechanical microtrauma. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is preferred to diagnose ED and complete excision is curative. When bilateral, subscapular masses are identified in the elderly patient and MRI characteristics are typical, biopsy and excision can be avoided. Symptomatic EDs should be excised, and recurrence is rare. Three hundred and thirty cases of ED have been reported since 1980. Fourteen case series and 43 isolated case reports involved 263 women and 67 men (F:M ratio = 3.9:1), with a mean age of 62 years (range 6-94 years). Bilateral ED was present in 164 patients and unilateral ED in 157. The reported prevalence in the elderly population ranges from a minimum of 2% to a maximum of 24%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Shoulder Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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