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Radiologe. 1995 Sep;35(9):611-5.

[CT and MRI in elastofibroma. A rare, benign soft tissue tumor].

[Article in German]

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Department of Radiology, University of California, San Francisco 94143, USA.


Elastofibroma is a rare, benign soft-tissue tumor that occurs along the chest wall in the periscapular region. We identified five patients with a surgical diagnosis of elastofibroma who had had CT and/or MR scans. CT and MR imaging were compared to histologic findings in two patients. CT was available in three patients and demonstrated periscapular soft-tissue tumor with an attenuation similar to that of adjacent muscle. In one patient, the tumors appeared homogeneous. In two patients, the tumor showed strands of low density similar to that of adjacent subcutaneous fat on CT. On MR imaging, all five tumors showed predominantly low-signal intensity on both T1 and T2-weighted images. The tumors contained focal areas with high-signal intensity on T1-weighted scans that showed intermediate to high-signal intensity with T2-weighting. The areas of low-signal intensity on both T1 and T2-weighted images corresponded histologically to fibroelastic tissue. The areas of high signal intensity on T1-weighting and intermediate to high-signal intensity on T2-weighting reflected focal areas of fat within the tumor. Although CT and MR imaging findings are not specific, the presence of a soft-tissue tumor along the chest wall in a periscapular location that shows predominantly low intensity on all sequences reflecting fibrous tissue with interspersed focal areas of fatty tissue is highly suggestive of elastofibroma.

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