Elastofibroma at the scapular region

Motti Kastner, Moshe Salai, Suzana Fichman, Sneir Heller, Israel Dudkiewicz

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Background: Elastofibroma is a rare type of lesion consisting of elastic fibers within a stroma of collagen and fatty tissue. It is usually located on the lower scapular region attached firmly to the thoracic cage, often causing debilitating pain. Its clinical presentation mimics a soft tissue tumor. Objectives: To evaluate the diagnosis and treatment results of elastofibroma. Methods: Clinical and radiographic evaluations were performed in 11 patients with thoracic wall mass. In five of them a biopsy was taken before surgery. All patients were operated and the diagnosis of elastofibroma was confirmed by histology. Results: Two patients had a postoperative seroma that resolved spontaneously within a few days. All patients resumed their preoperative activities, including sports. Conclusions: Considering the slow-growing nature of this tumor and its typical presentation, we believe that when this diagnosis is suspected, investigation does not necessitate staging (as in sarcomas). Also, marginal surgical excision is sufficient. Observation is an acceptable alternative to surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-172
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Elastofibroma
  • Scapular region


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