Magnetic resonance appearance of fibromatosis - A report of 14 cases and review of the literature

Mark J. Kransdorf, James S. Jelinek, Richard P. Moser, Joseph A. Utz, Terry M. Hudson, Joseph Neal, B. Hudson Berrey

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We reviewed retrospectively the magnetic resonance (MR) images of 14 soft-tissue lesions of fibromatosis (desmoid tumors) encountered in 11 patients. The lesions were typically inhomogeneous in texture and round to oval in configuration. Margins were well-defined in 78% of the lesions at presentation and were infiltrating in all recurrences. On T1-weighted spin echo MR images, the predominant signal intensity was either isointense or minimally hyperintense when compared with skeletal muscle. On T2-weighted MR images the predominant signal intensity was typically intermediate between skeletal muscle and subcutaneous fat or isointense to fat. Linear and curvilinear areas of decreased signal intensity were distributed throughout the lesions on both pulse sequences in 86% of cases. This pattern strongly suggested fibromatosis. Speculation concerning possible etiologies of this appearance are discussed, and the relevant literature on previously reported cases is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-499
Number of pages5
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1990


  • Desmoid tumor
  • Fibromatosis
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Skeletal neoplasms
  • Soft-tissue tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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