Desmoid-type fibromatosis of the lower extremity: A unique case of complete lesion resolution following core needle biopsy

Dawood Tafti, Erica Kao, Joseph F. Alderete, Nathan D. Cecava

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Desmoid-type fibromatosis (DF) is a rare neoplasm characterized by fibroblastic and myofibroblastic proliferation. While characterized as a benign lesion that does not metastasize, desmoid-type fibromatosis exhibits a wide range of behavior from aggressive local tissue invasion and post-surgical recurrence to spontaneous regression. Tumor regression can occur following systemic medical therapy or rarely may occur in the absence of therapy. We present a case of a 50-year-old female with a left thigh vastus medialis intramuscular mass which underwent imaging work-up and subsequent core needle ultrasound-guided biopsy showing results of desmoid-type fibromatosis. Following biopsy, the tumor showed prompt, complete regression with complete MRI resolution 2 months following biopsy. The patient showed no evidence of disease recurrence out to one year on MRI surveillance. This case report will discuss desmoid-type fibromatosis imaging features, treatment strategies, spectrum of disease behavior, and atypical behavior such as the spontaneous tumor regression as seen in this case report. To our knowledge there have been no reported cases of DF spontaneous regression 2 months following a core needle biopsy. Understanding the variable behavior of desmoid-type fibromatosis can assist the radiologist in guiding management of these lesions with the goal of optimizing clinical outcomes and preventing unnecessary aggressive treatments for stable or regressing disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-218
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Imaging
StatePublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Desmoid biopy
  • Desmoid regression
  • Extra-abdominal desmoid
  • Fibromatosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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